Toyota has confirmed the new Lexus Europe boss and has also shuffled the positions of several other experts who will hold their designations starting from September 1.
Paul Van der Burgh, 47 is now the new vice president of Lexus Europe who will succeed Andy Pfeiffenberger, 51 from September. The manufacturer has not only chosen 47 year old VP to handle this position, but has also named a new head of purchasing for the same region. Paul Van der Burgh was the director of Lexus Europe and now promoted as vice president. He will report to the 51 year old karl Schlicht who handles product planning, sales, marketing and after-sales departments of Toyota and Lexus.
Other than Lexus, Toyota has also promoted Takayuki Shirata who now becomes the vice president of purchasing for the Europe region. Currently, Shirata is the lead coordinating executive of purchasing in Europe and now succeeds Mark Adams who since 2008 was known as the top purchasing executive of Toyota.
Adams, 49, has been promoted as vice president of strategic relationship management, corporate and business planning. He will take charge of the second job out of two that Pfeiffenberger handles. Pfeiffenberger will look after human resources and administration as a vice president. His duty which will take effect from September 1 and currently the position is held by Takashi karasawa who will become the chief financial officer of Toyota Europe.