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.
SOURCE Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.