Toyota Motor Europe (TME) is moving Alain Uyttenhoven to vice president, Lexus Europe from VP, product management.  He joined TME in 2004 and his previous assignments included VP at Toyota Motor Deutschland and VP of after sales at TME.

Yu Ishizuki will replace Uyttenhoven in product management, moving from Japan and his post as general manager in Toyota Motor Corporation’s product planning department.  He joined TMC in 1989 and needs no introduction to Europe - his previous assignments included product management at TMC and product planning at TME.

Akimoto Baba becomes VP, production engineering at TME, replacing Ikuo Kasahara who will return to TMC.  Baba currently runs TMC’s Takaoka plant body manufacturing division.  He joined TMC in 1985 and his previous assignments included positions in production engineering at TMC and at Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing, North America (TEMA).

Gerald Killmann, will be promoted to VP, R&D2, dually assigned to the position of director, material.  Killmann is currently project director, R&D1. He joined TME in 1992 and has held various positions in R&D, including director, powertrain.

Yukihiro Sonoda, 53, will be appointed VP, R&D3, dually assigned to director, energy research, replacing Akihito Tanke who will return to TMC.  Sonoda is currently project general manager in the advanced engine development division at TMC.  He joined TMC in 1984 and his previous assignments included positions at Toyota Technical Centre USA, and in engine development and powertrain management at TMC.

TME’s research & development in Zaventem (Brussels) was reorganised in January 2013 into three functions in line with TME’s strategy of becoming the global planning centre for A, B and C segment vehicles.

R&D 1 and 2, each headed by a VP, lead the planning and execution of vehicle projects for Europe with focus on the key issue for Europe - diesel development, interior quality, and vehicle dynamics.  R&D 3 covers the advanced research and technical affairs areas.

Other changes in Toyota Motor Europe affiliates from 1 January, 2014 are: Shingo Kato, 52, will be president, Toyota Motor Czech Republic (TMCZ), replacing Tsutomu Otsubo who returned to TMC in Japan in November. Kato joined Toyota in 1985 and is currently president, Toyota Motor Kazakhstan (TMKZ).  His past assignments included positions at TMC in accounting and finance, at Toyota Great Britain, TME and Toyota France.

Replacing Kato is Etsuo Hashino who is currently project general manager at TME-Japan. He joined TMC in 1986 and has held various positions in the company including in IT/ITS division and at Toyota France.

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Toyota Motor Europe announces executive appointments for January 2014

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) today announced several executive level
appointments at its European headquarters and at its wholly-owned
distributors Toyota Motor Czech Republic and Toyota Motor Kazakhstan,
effective January 1st, 2014.

These changes follow Toyota’s executive and management rotations that take
place regularly at global and pan-European level.

Mr Alain Uyttenhoven, 52, will be appointed Vice President, Lexus Europe at
TME.  Mr Uyttenhoven is currently Vice President, Product Management.  He
joined TME in 2004 and his previous assignments at Toyota included Vice
President at Toyota Motor Deutschland GmbH and Vice President of After
Sales at TME.

Replacing Mr Uyttenhoven, Mr Yu Ishizuki, 47, will be appointed Vice
President, Product Management at Toyota Motor Europe.  Mr Ishizuki is
currently General Manager in Toyota Motor Corporation’s Product Planning
department.  Mr Ishizuki joined TMC in 1989 and his previous assignments
included Product Management at TMC and Product Planning at TME.

Mr Akimoto Baba, 52, will be appointed Vice President, Production
Engineering at TME, replacing Mr Ikuo Kasahara who will return to TMC.  Mr
Baba is currently General Manager of TMC’s Takaoka plant Body Manufacturing
division.  He joined TMC in 1985 and his previous assignments included
positions in Production Engineering at TMC and at Toyota Engineering and
Manufacturing, North America (TEMA).

Mr Gerald Killmann, 48, will be promoted to Vice President, R&D2, dually
assigned to the position of Director, Material.  Mr Killmann is currently
Project Director, R&D1. Mr Killmann joined TME in 1992 and has held various
positions in R&D, including Director, Powertrain.

Mr Yukihiro Sonoda, 53, will be appointed Vice President, R&D3, dually
assigned to Director, Energy Research, replacing Mr Akihito Tanke who will
return to TMC.  Mr Sonoda is currently Project General Manager in the
Advanced Engine Development division at TMC.  He joined TMC in 1984 and his
previous assignments included positions at Toyota Technical Centre USA,
Inc. and in Engine Development and Powertrain Management at TMC.

Note to editors: TME’s Research & Development in Zaventem (Brussels) was
reorganised in January 2013 in three functions in line with TME’s strategy
of becoming the global planning centre for A, B and C segment vehicles.
R&D 1 and 2, each led by a Vice President, lead the planning and execution
of vehicle projects for the European market with focus on the key
competency centres for Europe ? diesel development, interior quality, and
vehicle dynamics.  R&D 3 covers the Advanced Research and Technical Affairs
areas.

Other nominations in Toyota Motor Europe’s affiliates will take place on
January 1, 2014 as follows:

Mr Shingo Kato, 52, will be appointed President, Toyota Motor Czech
Republic (TMCZ), replacing Mr Tsutomu Otsubo who returned to TMC in Japan
in November.  Mr Kato joined Toyota in 1985 and is currently President,
Toyota Motor Kazakhstan (TMKZ).  His past assignments included positions at
TMC in Accounting and Finance, at Toyota Great Britain, TME and Toyota
France.

Replacing Mr Kato, Mr Etsuo Hashino, 51, will be appointed President,
Toyota Motor Kazakhstan.  Mr Hashino is currently Project General Manager
at TME-Japan.  He joined TMC in 1986 and has held various positions in the
company including in IT/ITS division and at Toyota France.

Original source: TME