Toyota Canada CEO Yoichi Tomihara will leave his position in January after a five-year stint to take an unspecified job with Toyota in Europe.
Toyota Canada spokeswoman Sandy Di Felice said Tomihara, 60, will take a senior executive assignment in Europe but could not disclose details about the position or its responsibilities.
He will be replaced by Seiji Ichii, who has been responsible for Toyota's operations in Africa since January 2008.
Toyota Canada's sales rose 3 percent in 2007 and 11 percent in 2008, Tomihara's first two years at the helm. Sales fell the last two years and are down 8 percent through November of this year as the automaker has battled the global recession, a recall crisis and natural disasters in Japan and Thailand.
Toyota ranks fifth in Canada sales, behind No. 1 Ford, General Motors, Chrysler Group and Hyundai-Kia.
Tomihara's successor, Ichii, 54, joined Toyota in April of 1981 and progressed through management positions of increasing responsibility, Di Felice said in an e-mail statement.
He has held senior positions with Toyota's North American manufacturing arm, Toyota Manufacturing North America Kentucky, and in Toyota's head office for purchasing and planning in Japan.