Susan ElkingtonSusan Elkington

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) since 2018, Elkington oversees a $7 billion operation, which employs over 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines. TMMK is Toyota’s largest production facility globally, producing the Camry, Avalon and Lexus ES 350, plus four-cylinder and V6 engines, in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Elkington joined TMMK in January 2017 as senior vice president, overseeing the plant’s manufacturing and administrative functions. Prior to this role, she most recently served as general manager, Production Control Division at Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) global headquarters in Toyota City, Japan. Elkington was the first woman to serve in this global production role, supporting Toyota’s 53 manufacturing plants worldwide. 

Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Princeton, Ind. as an assembly engineering specialist. By 2013, she held the position of manufacturing vice president at TMMI.

A Huntingburg, Ind., native, and an engineer by trade, Elkington earned her mechanical engineering degree from the University of Evansville.

She is a board member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, a STEP Ahead Honoree (2014) and ATHENA of Southwest Indiana Award Finalist (2013).

Favorite quote: “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how I react to it.”  Charles R. Swindoll