Toyota Motor Corp.
is giving design unprecedented clout in a management shuffle that puts the company's global design chief, Tokuo Fukuichi, in charge of Lexus division and on the board.
Fukuichi, who leads design at the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands, will take over as president of Lexus International, the company announced today. He will keep his role as head of the worldwide design group.
It's the first time a design chief has been the global head of Lexus. He assumes his new duties at Toyota's luxury marque on April 1 but his board appointment will take effect following a general shareholders' meeting, which is usually scheduled in June.