Toyota has named a new Lexus Europe boss and a new head of purchasing for the region as part of a management shuffle.
Paul van der Burgh will take charge of Lexus in Europe from his current boss, Andy Pfeiffenberger, however, he will not take over Pfeiffenberger’s title of vice president of Lexus Europe. Instead, Van der Burgh, 47, will remain Lexus Europe director, but will report to Karl Schlicht, 51, who returned to Europe from the automaker's headquarters in Japan this spring to lead Toyota and Lexus' product planning, sales, marketing and aftersales.
A Toyota spokesman said the automaker decided to eliminate the vice president of Lexus Europe post because there was no longer a need for that layer of management in the organization.
Toyota also promoted Takayuki Shirata to vice president of purchasing for Europe.