“Clearly at my age in this industry, is a little bit of an aberration. In Japan, with the importance that's put on age, gray hairs and seniority, it's been a topic that the press has picked up on. I faced this both when I worked in Argentina, running Ford Argentina, and when I first came to Japan, running the sales and marketing function at Mazda. My approach has always been I don't focus on that. I go in, work with my colleagues, roll my sleeves up, and have them base me on my competence. ...

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