Changes to the Lexus International executive management team have been announced, with current executive vice-president Tokuo Fukuichi taking over as president.
Fukuichi-san, who is also the design chief for Toyota & Lexus models, will be the first designer to lead the Lexus brand. He has also been named to the Toyota board of directors.
Current Lexus International President Kiyotaka Ise will leave the board and become chief officer of Toyota’s R&D department, overseeing materials engineering, fuel cell development and sports vehicle management.
Executive general manager of the Toyota product planning group, Takashi Yamamoto, will now join Mark Templin as the two executive vice-presidents of Lexus International.