Toyota Motor Europe has made a series of changes to its manufacturing team leadership, including appointing a new vice-president.

The OEM announced that it is promoting Richard Kenworthy, currently managing director of Toyota Motor UK, to the role of vice-president of manufacturing. He will have responsibility over production engineering, strategy and business planning and TME’s supply chain. Dariusz Mikolajczak, currently president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) will succeed Kenworthy as managing director of TMUK from 1 July. The current vice-president of TMMP, Masayuki Kojima, will take over for Mikolajczak from 1 July.


Richard Kenworthy moves from managing director of Toyota Motor UK to VP of manufacturing, TME.

The carmaker also announced that its executive vice-president of manufacturing, Marvin Cooke, will be retiring.

Yoshihiro Nakata, president and CEO, TME thanked Cooke for his “invaluable contribution” to the development of Toyota’s European manufacturing capabilities and people across a period of “unprecedented transformation” in its business activities.

TME has also created a new role of chief engineer at its Hydrogen Factory Europe, which the carmaker said underlines its “continued commitment to accelerate the development and production of fuel cell and hydrogen products and to promote sustainable business in Europe”.

It has appointed Kohei Yoshida, currently president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic (TMMCZ). Robert Kiml will succeed him and be promoted as president of TMMCZ and dually vice-president of production from 1 June.

Earlier this month, Toyota Motor North America made a host of significant leadership changes in its manufacturing operations, marking a pivotal transition in the company’s manufacturing leadership.