MANAGER: SUPPLIER PURCHASING ENGINEERING
“I supported the worst-hit supplier, where damage to the plant was so extensive that recovery was estimated to take several weeks. I was based there fulltime, supported their management and updated TSAM on a regular basis.
Against much speculation, their plant was operational within seven days. “Our progress wouldn’t have been as remarkable had it not been for the tremendous support and assistance of management and engineers from our department, as well as various other TSAM divisions.
“Initially, I had mixed feelings about receiving the award, mainly due to the tragic circumstances surrounding the disaster. However, once I attended the ceremony, I was proud to receive the award on behalf of TSAM and
SA. Meeting the President of Toyota personally was a great honour and a fantastic milestone in my life.”
ABOVE: Sarv Pillay with Toyota President Akio San.