Aimed to drive global digital transformation
PLANO, Texas (June 21, 2021) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today announced that Brian Kursar, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), TMNA and Toyota Connected North America (TCNA), has been promoted to group vice president, Digital Technology. Kursar will remain CTO for both TMNA and TCNA.
In his new role, Kursar will lead global digital transformation and technology modernization strategy aligned with software and cloud-first principles and the adoption of a data-driven culture across Toyota. At Toyota Connected North America, he will continue to be responsible for AI Mobility Services, Telematics Safety and Convenience Services, and UX and Digital Cockpit Software Engineering.
Kursar joined TMNA in 2002 and has served in a number of technology positions across the enterprise, including Vehicle Supply Chain, Enterprise Architecture, Data Engineering, Advanced Analytics, Product Quality, Incentives, and R&D. In 2018 he served as vice president and Chief Data Scientist for TCNA where he was responsible for big data in support of advanced connected intelligence and mobility services for North America. Kursar has been instrumental in designing connected cloud architecture that is leveraged by Toyota globally and will continue to help lead global technology standards for Toyota in its connected cloud ecosystem.
In his dual-capped role, Kursar will report to Holly Walters, group vice president, Chief Information Officer, TMNA, and Zack Hicks, Chief Executive Officer and President, TCNA.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands plus our 1,800 dealerships.
Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 47,000 in North America. The company has contributed world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 40 million cars and trucks at our 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama that begins production in 2021.
Through its Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.