Title: Group Vice President -- Vehicle, Quality & Safety Engineering
Toyota Motor North America
Jeff Makarewicz is the group vice president of Vehicle, Quality & Safety Engineering at the Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) center based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In this position, Mr. Makarewicz oversees Vehicle Performance Development, Materials Engineering, Quality Promotion and Collaborative Safety Research Center.
Prior to this assignment, Makarewicz was the vice president of the Corporate Strategy Office, responsible for product, business, and technical planning.
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.
Makarewicz joined TMNA R&D in 1990 as an engineer in the materials engineering department, paint and finishing group. In 1993, he moved to Nagoya, Japan, where he spent two years working for the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in the areas of paint and finishing. He returned to TMNA R&D in 1995, and in 2002, was promoted to general manager of Materials Engineering, where he was responsible for the evaluation, development, and design of materials. He holds numerous patents in these fields and serves on the boards of the Michigan Science Center and the Toyota Foundation.
Makarewicz holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan.