Toyota Technical Center
Executive Vice President
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc.
Seiya Nakao is president of Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota’s North American R&D center located in Ann Arbor, Mich., a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, N.A., Inc. TTC is engaged in a broad range of technical activities with primary responsibilities for the engineering design and development of Toyota vehicles for the North American market.
Nakao joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in 1978 in the Chassis Engineering Division, where he worked as a chassis engineer on front suspension design. Next, he moved to the Prototype Engineering Division where, as a prototype engineer, he worked on the development of prototype tool lead-time reduction. In 1995, Nakao moved to TTC’s Prototype Lab in Plymouth, Mich., where he served as department coordinator managing TTC’s prototype development activities. At the same time, he also served as executive engineer in the Planning, Development and Operations department, in charge of product planning for the Tacoma and Sienna programs. In 1999, he returned to TMC and was assigned as chief engineer for the Lexus ES300, followed by the European Corolla. In 2005, Nakao returned to TTC as the executive chief engineer for the Avalon, Sienna and Camry Solara programs. In 2008, he returned to TMC to assume duties as general manager of Development enter #1.
In 2011, Nakao returned to TTC as senior vice president responsible for directing all R&D operations. In 2012, he was named president of TTC.
Nakao studied mechanical engineering, earning a bachelor of engineering degree from Doshisha University in 1978.