Gerald Killmann, Vice President Toyota Motor Europe

R&D, Hydrogen Factory Europe, Purchasing and Connected Technologies

Mr. Killmann (he/him) heads Toyota Motor Europe’s research and development activities, overseeing vehicle, powertrain, and software initiatives at the R&D centre in Brussels. 

Mr. Killmann joined Toyota Motor Europe in 1992 as an Engine Engineer. In 1996, he relocated to Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan, where he served as a member of the Diesel Engine Development Division.

Upon returning to Toyota Motor Europe in 1998, Mr. Killmann assumed the role of Department Manager and later progressed to a General manager position in Powertrain Engineering.

In 2007, Mr Killmann worked in Toyota Motor Corporation’s Hybrid Division for 6 months. He returned to Toyota Motor Europe in 2008 to assume the position of General Manager Powertrain Design.

In 2009, he was appointed Director of Powertrain, and in 2012, he broadened his experience to include vehicle development as Project Director.

In 2014, Gerald Killmann was appointed Vice President R&D2, with a focus on system development. In 2019, as Vice President R&D1, he spearheaded vehicle development activities.

In 2022, Mr. Killmann was promoted to oversee all TME Research & Development and Purchasing. In 2023, Toyota Motor Europe's Fuel Cell business was added to his responsibilities.

Since January 2024, Gerald Killmann also oversees Connected Technologies, fostering a 'software first' approach in the development of next-generation Toyota vehicles under his leadership.

Mr. Killmann studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Graz in Austria, specializing in internal combustion engines. From 1988 to 1992, he served as an assistant lecturer at the university’s Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics

 Mr. Killmann was born in Austria in 1965.