Tim Tozer enjoys the finer things in life, such as eating in fancy restaurants, visiting exotic locations and dressing in stylish clothing. But the CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe also enjoys life’s simple pleasures. To him there is nothing better than having a few beers and a curry with family and friends. Plus, if he could choose another career, it would be in farming. A father of three, Tozer took over at Mitsubishi Motors Europe last September. The British native, 45, has brought a lot of energy with him to the Japanese carmaker’s European headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Having turned a profit in Europe during its fiscal year ended March 31, 2004, it’s up to the former Mazda and Chrysler executive to keep the carmaker in the black.
CEO, Mitsubishi Motors Europe.
Wife Christina; Rupert, 13; Oliver, 12; and Mia 9.
Countries lived in:
UK, Finland, France, The Netherlands.
Management sciences degree from the Loughborough University of Technology.
First job in the car industry:
Financial analyst, Leyland Cars.
Mini 1275 GT.
What is in your garage now?
Mitsubishi Pajero and Mitsubishi Colt.
If you could work in another industry what would it be?
Politics or farming.
What is the most fun you had last year that had nothing to do with cars, or the car business?
Christina and me moving into the house of our dreams, near Canterbury.
Where would you like to live?
Upper Ensign House, near Canterbury, Kent, England (his current home).
What is your current state of mind?
Loving the challenge.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Hackett and Hermes (top European clothing and accessories stores).
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A few beers and a curry with friends and family.
Which words or phrases do you overuse?
I swear a bit too much.
What is your greatest fear?
The UK entering the euro zone.
What trait do you most dislike in yourself?
What trait do you most dislike in others?
What is your favorite restaurant?
The Ivy (a high-end London restaurant that serves French and English cuisine).
What was the greatest holiday you ever had?
Our honeymoon in New Caledonia.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Which talent would you most like to have?
To sing in tune. This would help in the karaoke bar.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My current level of fitness.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting this job.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Tintin (a Belgian comic book hero).
Who are your real-life heroes?
Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.