Toyota Announces New President of North American Manufacturing Headquarters

Jun 23, 2005, 01:00 ET from Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.

    ERLANGER, Ky., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Toyota Motor
 Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TMMNA) today announced Seiichi "Sean" Sudo
 as its new president and CEO, succeeding Atsushi "Art" Niimi.  The effective
 date is June 27.
     "I have been fortunate to be president of our North American manufacturing
 operations during such a time of rapid growth," said Mr. Niimi, who will
 return to Japan as senior managing director of TMC.  "I am confident that
 Seiichi Sudo will be an excellent leader to manage this growth while
 continuing to improve our vehicle quality."
     During Mr. Niimi's tenure as president, Toyota has announced or opened
 several major North American facilities, including a truck plant in San
 Antonio, Texas, a truck bed and vehicle plant in Baja California, Mexico, a
 casting plant in Jackson, Tennessee, and an engine plant in Huntsville,
 Alabama.  Many of Toyota's North American plants have announced expansions
 during this time as well, including the addition of hybrid vehicles in
 Georgetown, Kentucky and building Hino trucks at TABC in Long Beach,
     Seiichi Sudo joined Toyota in 1974 with a degree in mechanical engineering
 and worked his way up to general manager of the Project Planning & Management
 Department of the Production Control Division by 1998. Three years later,
 January 2001, Mr. Sudo was named vice president at TMMNA in charge of
 production control and corporate strategy until he was promoted to managing
 officer at TMC in June 2003.
     In addition, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) (NYSE:   TM) announced today
 that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) President Ray Tanguay was
 confirmed as a managing officer by the TMC board of directors.  Mr. Tanguay
 will also take on additional responsibilities as a senior vice president of
 Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMA) and as an executive vice president of
     Ray Tanguay was named the first Canadian President of Toyota Motor
 Manufacturing Canada Inc., in 2002.  Mr. Tanguay joined TMMC in 1991 as
 General Manager in charge of general affairs and information systems. In 1993,
 he became Vice-President in charge of manufacturing and engineering. He became
 Senior Vice-President of TMMC in 2000, with responsibility for human
 resources, general affairs, information systems, purchasing, and production
 control. His leadership has been behind innovations in various areas at
 Toyota, including information technology and logistics.
     In a related announcement, Steve St. Angelo, formerly vice president at
 TMMNA, was promoted to executive vice president.  Mr. St. Angelo will be
 responsible for manufacturing and manufacturing support operations at Toyota
 Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK), where he will report to TMMK President
 Gary Convis.  Prior to joining Toyota earlier this year, Mr. St. Angelo
 retired from General Motors after a 30-year career.
     By 2006, Toyota will have the annual capacity to build 1.66 million cars
 and trucks, 1.44 million engines, and 600,000 automatic transmissions in North
 America. The company's direct investment is nearly $16.6 billion, with annual
 purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American
 suppliers totaling nearly $25 billion. Toyota's North American-produced
 vehicles include the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia,
 Tacoma, Tundra, and the Lexus RX330.

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