Toyota Motor Europe announces executive changes as it establishes a Circular Economy function, effective July 1st , 2023

Brussels, 22nd June 2022 – Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announces today executive level appointments at its European Headquarters and changes to the company structure with the appointment of one of its vice presidents to head up a new function focusing on Circular Economy.  It marks another move forward by TME as it accelerates the transformation towards a mobility company, built on the principles of carbon neutrality and sustainability. All changes are effective 1st July 2023.

Leon van der Merwe, currently Vice President, Supply Chain, TME will be appointed to Vice President, Circular Economy, TME. In this newly created function Mr van der Merwe will be responsible for building a circular economy function unit with the key objective of introducing the 5R approach (re-design, re-circulate, retain, re-purpose, recycle) to the overall business model, to allow Toyota to maximise the end-to-end value of its products.

Jean-Christophe Deville, currently Head of Production of Vehicle Logistics Group, Supply Chain, TME, will succeed Leon and will be promoted to Vice President, Supply Chain.

TME VP+ Changes effective 1 July 2023




Leon Van Der Merwe

VP, Supply Chain, TMEVP, Circular Economy, TME
Jean-Christophe DevilleHead of Production & Vehicle Logistics Group, Supply Chain, TMEVP, Supply Chain, TME (promotion)
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Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) oversees the wholesale sales and marketing of Toyota, GR (Gazoo Racing) and Lexus vehicles and parts and accessories, as well as Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations. Toyota directly employs over 25,000 people and has invested over EUR 11 billion in Europe since 1990. Its eight European manufacturing plants are located in Portugal, the UK, France, Poland, Czech Republic and Turkey. Today, there are approximately 16.5 million Toyota, GR and Lexus vehicles on European roads, whose drivers are supported by a network of 28 National Marketing and Sales Companies and around 2,800 retail sales outlets in 53 countries (EU, UK, EFTA countries + Russia, Israel, Turkey and other Eastern European countries). In 2022, TME sold 1,080,975 vehicles in Europe for a 6.4% market share. For more information, visit Facts & Figures (toyota.eu) and www.toyota-europe.com.

Toyota believes that when people are free to move, anything is possible. In the pursuit of "Mobility for All", Toyota aims to create safer, more connected, inclusive and sustainable mobility to achieve its mission of producing “Happiness for All”. In Europe, TME launched the KINTO mobility brand which offers a range of mobility services in 14 countries, and is growing its business-to-business sales of zero-emission fuel cell products and engineering support. Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Toyota is working to achieve carbon neutrality in its entire business across Europe. A historic leader in CO2 reduction in Europe, TME aims to achieve 100% CO2 reduction in all new vehicles in Western Europe by 2035 and will continue to offer a full range of electrified powertrains to customers across the region with its hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.