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September 25, 2018

Toyota Material Handling Deutschland appoints managing director

Toyota Material Handling Europe has appointed a managing director for Toyota Material Handling Deutschland.

By Brian Cantwell

Toyota Material Handling Europe has appointed a managing director for Toyota Material Handling Deutschland.

Hamburg-born Jan Lorenz, age 45, was UK managing director for materials handling manufacturer Jungheinrich, but is now returning to Germany to work for Toyota.

Previously he has held senior positions for Jungheinrich in the US market, where he developed a dealer network and later was in charge of the direct sales organisation before returning to Germany as vice president regional sales and marketing. In 2014, he moved to Great Britain for his recent position as managing director.

“We are happy to welcome Jan Lorenz to the Toyota family,” says Matthias Fischer, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Material Handling Europe. “Jan has a proven track record of leading strategic transformation, generating profitable turnover and market share growth in a highly competitive market. He is well suited to lead the continuation of our German organisations ambitious growth plans.”

Jan Lorenz, Toyota Material Handling Deutschland managing director said: “I feel honoured to head up the German organisation at a time where the pace of change towards lean logistics, automation and connectivity is increasing rapidly. For me, the people who work at Toyota Material Handling Deutschland are at the core of everything we do. Continuous investment in the capabilities and well-being of our team will benefit customer relations.”

Lorenz takes office on October 1st, 2018, succeeding Norman Memminger who has been appointed Senior Vice President for Toyota Material Handling Europe’s important Rental & Used business.

“Reinforcing our Rental & Used operations with Norman Memminger will allow Stefan Gradenwitz a stronger focus on his role as Senior Vice President for Service & Logistics”, Matthias Fischer illustrates his reorganisation of the European top management team.

In November 2017 Leasing Life surveyed the leasing and rental market for materials handling and found that Toyota, Jungheinrich and Kion have all acquired technology companies to diversify their offer. You can read more here

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