Senior Executive Engineer, Product Development Office
Toyota Technical Center
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc.
Jeff Makarewicz is a Senior Executive Engineer in the Product Development Office at the Toyota Technical Center (TTC). TTC, Toyota’s North American R&D center, is a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA). Makarewicz is responsibility for vehicle concept planning and corporate strategy.
Makarewicz joined TTC in 1990 as an Engineer in the Materials Engineering Department, Paint & Finishing Group. In 1993 he moved to Nagoya, Japan where he spent two years working for the Toyota Motor Corporation in the areas of paint and finishing. He returned to TTC in 1995 and in 2002 was promoted to General Manager of the Materials Engineering Department where he was responsible for the evaluation, development and design of materials. He holds numerous patents in these fields. 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.
Prior to joining TTC, Makarewicz worked for BASF in the Paint and Colorants Division. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.