Toyota Motor Europe announces executive changes, effective January 1, 2023

Brussels, 5 December 2022 – Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announces a number of executive level appointments at its European Headquarters and Affiliates to continue its journey of transforming into a mobility company. All changes are effective 1st January 2023.

Toyota Motor Europe (TME)

  • Mr. Gerald Killmann, currently Senior Vice President, R&D and Purchasing, TME, will be appointed as Senior Vice President, R&D, Purchasing and Fuel Cell Business, TME.
  • Mr. Thiebault Paquet, currently Head of Powertrain, R&D2, and concurrently assigned to Head of Fuel Cell Business at TME has been promoted to Vice President, R&D2, concurrently assigned to Head of Fuel Cell Business, TME.
  • Mr. Tatsuya Namura, currently Executive Advisor to TME Vice President Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, will return to Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan.

Toyota Norway (TNO)

  • Mr. Piotr Pawlak, currently Technical Head of Special Projects at TME, will be appointed as President of Toyota Norway. He succeeds to Mr. Dimitris Tripospitis who will return to TME as Head of Lexus Europe.

Overview new assignments

Gerald KillmannSenior Vice President, R&D and Purchasing, TMESenior Vice President, R&D, Purchasing and Fuel Cell Business, TME
Thiebault PaquetHead of Powertrain, R&D2, TME concurrently assigned to Head of Fuel Cell Business, TMEVice President, R&D2, TME concurrently assigned to Head of Fuel Cell Business, TME
Tatsuya NamuraExecutive Advisor, TMETMC
Dimitris TripospitisPresident, TNOHead of Lexus Europe, TME
Piotr PawlakTechnical Head of Special Projects, TMEPresident, TNO
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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 2021, TME sold 1,076,300 vehicles in Europe for a 6.4% market share. For more information, visit Facts & Figures ( and

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. When it comes to sustainability, Toyota is committed to going Beyond Zero.