Toyota Motor Corp. has given several top executives at its European operations new roles, effective Jan. 1. The carmaker's operations in France, Spain and Germany have new presidents and Toyota's UK manufacturing operations has a new No. 2.
Toyota shuffles senior European executives
Michel Gardel is Toyota Europe's new vice president of external affairs. Gardel joined Toyota's French operations in 2002 as executive vice president of Toyota France. In 2006, he was promoted to managing director and chief operating officer and in 2007 he became president and chief operating officer of Toyota France.
Gardel succeeds Graham Smith who is now executive adviser to the president and managing director at Toyota's London office. Smith joined Toyota GB in 1993 and was appointed managing director in 1996. In 2006, he joined Toyota Motor Europe as senior vice president of external affairs and managing director of external affairs at the carmaker's London office.
Daniele Schillaci takes over Gardel's role as Toyota France's president and chief operating officer. Schillaci joined Toyota Motor Europe in 2002 as general manager of new markets. In 2006, he was promoted to vice president and chief operating office of Toyota Spain.
Jacques Pieraerts has been appointed president and chief operating officer for Toyota's Spanish operations. Pieraerts joined Toyota Motor Europe as general manager of corporate and public affairs in 1998 and was promoted to director of sales planning, pricing and speed in 2007.
Toshiaki Yasuda is new president of Toyota in Germany. Yasuda joined Toyota's Europe division in Japan in 1983 and later was appointed as Toyota Motor Europe's senior coordinating executive of product planning and marketing. In 2009, he was promoted to lead coordinating executive of product planning and marketing. He succeeds Keiji Sudo, 53, who has returned to Japan to take on a new assignment in the Europe division at Toyota headquarters.
Tony Walker is new deputy managing director of Toyota's UK manufacturing operations. Walker joined Toyota's UK manufacturing unit in 1990 and joined Toyota Motor Europe in 2001. In 2009, he was promoted to executive adviser of human resources and vice president of production control and project management.
Carl Klemm is new executive advisor of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland. Klemm joined Toyota's UK manufacturing unit in 1990. In 2005, he was promoted to deputy managing director of the Deeside engine plant in Wales.
Shingo Kato is the new president of Toyota Kazakhstan. Kato joined Toyota in 1985 and moved to Toyota France in 2003. In 2009, he was promoted to general manager and business project leader of Toyota France.