Toyota makes 2 executive moves with eyes on mobility

PLANO, Texas – 

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) made a pair of executive changes the automaker indicated are designed to help guide the company’s vision toward becoming a mobility company.

In changes that were effective June 1, Toyota announced Cheryl Hughes, former group vice president and chief HR officer at TMNA, has become group vice president for business revolution and transformation. In this newly created role, the OEM explained Hughes will be responsible for creating and steering initiatives that will help reshape TMNA’s business, culture and workforce.

Meanwhile, the company also said Craig Grucza, former group vice president for corporate shared services and HR, has been promoted to be TMNA’s new chief HR officer. Grucza will assume responsibility of TMNA’s HR function while continuing to oversee corporate shared services.

“While Toyota has always adapted to the ever-changing needs of the market, recent global events have created a need to redefine how we operate toward our vision of becoming a mobility company,” said Christopher Reynolds, Toyota’s chief administration officer of manufacturing and corporate resources.

“Cheryl brings world-class experience and perspective to this new role, and Craig’s diverse background compliments his new role as chief HR officer,” Reynolds added in a news release.

The automaker highlighted Hughes has played an integral role in helping transform TMNA’s business and creating an engaging team member experience.

Prior to her role as chief HR officer, Hughes served as a key leader responsible for the consolidation of Toyota’s U.S. affiliate operations. In that role, she helped oversee the reorganization of the company’s business units and the company’s relocation to its Texas headquarters.

The OEM also mentioned Grucza has led team member relations, compensation, staffing and recruiting and talent development programs for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky.

In addition, Grucza previously served as vice president of HR for Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing operations and also was a key leader responsible for the development of the company’s Texas headquarters.

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