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Jeff Makarewicz

Group Vice President, Vehicle Quality and Safety Engineering, Toyota Motor North America 

Jeff Makarewicz is group vice president of Vehicle, Quality, & Safety Engineering in the Research and Development (R&D) function at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), and oversees vehicle performance development, materials engineering, quality promotion and safety research. With facilities in Michigan, Arizona, and California, TMNA R&D is responsible for leveraging the full capability of Toyota’s research and development resources to create innovative products and solutions in order to promote and sustain Toyota Motor North America’s market contribution to Global Toyota.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Makarewicz was the Vice President of the Corporate Strategy Office, and was responsible for product, business, and technical planning.

Mr. Makarewicz joined TTC in 1990 as an Engineer in the Materials Engineering Department, Paint & Finishing Group. In 1993 he moved to Nagoya, Japan where he spent two years working for the Toyota Motor Corporation in the areas of paint and finishing. He returned to TTC in 1995 and in 2002 was promoted to General Manager of the Materials Engineering Department where he was responsible for the evaluation, development, and design of materials. He holds numerous patents in these fields. In 2004 he became General Manager of the Materials Research Department where he led Toyota’s North American advanced research activity. In 2008 he became Vice President of the Materials Engineering Division, and in 2011 moved to the Product Development Office on special assignment to focus on strategic initiatives.

Mr. Makarewicz serves on the boards of the Michigan Science Center and The Toyota Foundation. He earned his degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.