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CV: Paul Philpott

Name: Paul Philpott
Company: Toyota
Job: Commercial director
Age: Just turned 40

How did you get in to the automotive business?
I did a finance degree at university and when I finished I saw an ad for the Ford graduate sales and marketing programme. I went for it because it sounded more exciting than working in financial services.

What does your job entail?
I’m responsible for sales, marketing, aftersales, logistics, press, PR and environmental affairs for Toyota in the UK.

How will your job change over the next few years?
Providing I stay in this role I think we will see further growth and more focus on the environment.

Other jobs?
Midland Bank and Ford.

What advice would you give to young people planning to join the industry?
Be prepared for a challenge. It’s a really exciting industry and you should always be looking to do everything that little bit better.

Worst career move?
I’ve never made one.

And the best?
Joining Toyota.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
At my 50th birthday party!

Favourite book?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling.

Favourite holiday
I’ve just returned from two weeks on the beach in Corsica with my wife and two children. It was the best holiday ever.

Favourite film
The original Star Wars. (Episode IV – A New Hope).

Favourite music
Queen.

First car
Peugeot 304.

Dream car
Ferrari 550.

Luxury item
My wife.

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