Wil James Named TMMK President, St. Angelo - Chairman
|Wil James||Steve St. Angelo|
ERLANGER, Ky. (June 23, 2010) – In an organizational move providing more regional autonomy to Toyota’s North American manufacturing operations, the company is making appointments resulting in increased local leadership at its plants.
“These changes allow us to move faster and more efficiently in key decision-making,” said Tetsuo Agata, president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA). “This is a natural progression for a global company, and I am pleased we are designating more responsibility to a seasoned group of Toyota veterans.”
The appointments include Wil James as President of Toyota's Kentucky plant. James worked at TMMK from 1987 to 2006 holding the position as Vice President of Manufacturing before moving to TABC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota in Long Beach, CA where he served as President. James' most recent position was Vice President of Manufacturing at Toyota's Indiana plant. James will be responsible for day-to-day manufacturing activities at TMMK, Toyota's largest plant in North America.
Meanwhile, Steve St. Angelo will serve as Chairman at TMMK and will focus on his role as the Chief Quality Officer for Toyota in North America as well as Executive Vice President at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. As of August 1, St. Angelo will also serve as Chairman to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc. (TMMMS).
The appointments listed below are effective July 1, 2010 unless noted, pending approval by the Toyota Motor Corporation board of directors on June 24:
Bafunno and Nielsen are replacing Japanese presidents in Indiana and Texas, respectively.
TMMK is Toyota’s largest manufacturing facility in North America employing about 6,600 full-time team members. The Georgetown, Kentucky plant represents a $5.3 billion investment and produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, and Avalon sedans and the Venza crossover vehicle.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 1.77 million vehicles in 2009. Toyota directly employs nearly 34,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals nearly $25 billion.
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