John Howett is the President of Toyota Motorsport, and the Toyota F1 team. Howett (British) joined Toyota in the late 1970s as a team coordinator for Brussels-based Toyota Team Europe, run by former Toyota F1 boss Ove Andersson. Moving back to England in 1980, he worked for Toyota in after-sales service. In 1991, he returned to Belgium, and worked his way up to be Vice President for Toyota/Lexus sales and marketing.
After a start to the 2007 season that saw Toyota maintain 5th in the constructors' standings after the first three races, Howett said the team were looking to chase 3rd placed BMW Sauber and break away from the front of the midfield bunch of teams, which would go a step further to fulfilling their pre-season ambitions. 
- "Toyota sets its sights on BMW" ITV Sport Retrieved 9 May 2007
- "Q & A with Toyota's John Howett - when will the car in front be a Toyota?" Formula1.com Retrieved 10 May 2007