An expert in Asian/American supply chain management.
Yoshio Gotoh is CEO of Gotoh International LLC, headquartered in suburban Chicago. Gotoh International specializes in assisting North
American middle market firms to integrate their domestic operations into
a global supply chain. The company’s primary focus is Asian interface,
particularly involving vendor relationships, logistics and inventory
control involving China, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Gotoh brings nearly 40 years of diverse international logistics and
trading company expertise to his supply chain practice.
Born in Osaka, Japan, he immigrated to the US in 1961 to continue his
education, earning both a BA and a MBA. He began his logistics career
with a steamship line and soon joined PanAm’s international cargo
operation. In 1971 Yoshio’s manager persuaded Mr. Gotoh to join in a
move to the emerging air freight power, Flying Tigers.
At Tigers, Mr. Gotoh transformed the firm’s international marketing and
service philosophy, transforming international air cargo management in
North America. He convinced executives at both Tigers and most of the
large international freight consolidators to provide direct service to
the Midwest, which was then a new concept. This reduced what had been
three to four day service to next-day for much of North America.
introduced multi-lingual/multi-cultural customer service centers. These
enabled foreign nationals in the Midwest to communicate in their native
tongue with individuals who could not only speak their language but
could relate to the unique requirements of diverse global environments.
1984 proved to be an eventful year for Yoshio. He became an American
citizen. He also started a diverse international and domestic logistics
entity; eventually forming a joint logistics venture with Japan’s
largest trading company, ITOCHU. Through that relationship, Mr. Gotoh
began developing integrated supply chain systems that initiated vendor
or outsource manufacturing relationships off-shore, managed all
transportation to North America, controlled inventory, scheduled supply
for local assembly and made JIT customer delivery.
Mr. Gotoh is a leader in the Midwest Japanese/American business
community and has held leadership roles in several Chicago area
international business associations. He is Director of a popular choral
society in Chicago, and is an active competitor in both golf and tennis.