TOYOTA MOTOR Europe turns to European managers and engineers for important jobs whenever it can - not just expatriates from Japan. Jos De Boes is one of them. The native Belgian is responsible for all new vehicle assessment. Most recently he was project leader for the all-European Avensis.
Name: Jos De Boes.
Title: General manager, vehicle engineering, Toyota Motor Europe.
Family: Married to Bea. We have three sons ages 10, 18 and 21.
Countries lived in: Belgium and also Savannah, Georgia, USA.
Languages: Dutch, French, English, Swedish and German.
Education: Mechanical engineering at the Gent Polytechnic.
Passion: Cars. First came model cars, then mopeds and karts, then this job.
First car: Simca 1000.