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Vicente Jose S. Socco

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    Vicente Saniel Socco, 60 years old, is the Chairman of GT Capital Auto Dealership Holdings, Inc. (GTCAD). GTCAD is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GT Capital and is the vehicle for the automotive holdings of the Group. He brings close to forty years of expertise in the automotive sector. Mr. Socco began his career with Toyota in the Philippines as a member of the marketing team. He was then appointed General Affairs Manager of Toyota’s Manila Representative Office in 1984 until Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) opened in 1988, where he rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President (SVP) for Marketing. In 2001, Mr. Socco joined the regional headquarters of Toyota in Singapore. Mr. Socco was appointed SVP of Lexus Asia in 2007, concurrent with his roles as the Executive-in-Charge for country operations at Toyota Motor Asia Pacific (TMAP). In 2012, he assumed the role of Executive Vice President and acting Chief Operating Officer for the region. Then, in 2014, he was assigned to Toyota’s global headquarters as General Manager for TMAP in Japan. He then returned to Singapore in 2017 as EVP for Lexus Asia until his retirement in July 2019. Mr. Socco garnered his Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and completed the Executive Development Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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