Toyota Motor North America Announces Two Executive Moves

Toyota says these executive changes will help guide the Plano-headquartered company's vision toward becoming a mobility company.

Toyota Motor North America says it’s committed to “advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility” through its Toyota and Lexus brands. The two executive moves of Cheryl Hughes and Craig Grucza are expected to help drive the Plano-headquartered company’s vision toward becoming a mobility company.

Hughes was formerly the group vice president and chief HR officer and has now become group vice president, business revolution and transformation. Hughes is expected to reshape Toyota’s business, culture, and workforce by paving the way for new initiatives in the company through this newly created position.

Hughes’ influence has helped to create a transformative space within the business that encourages an engaging experience among team members, according to a statement. In addition, her leadership experience prior to her role as chief HR officer is exhibited through her previous responsibility for the consolidation of Toyota’s U.S. affiliate operations.

Through that role, Hughes administered the company’s relocation to its Texas headquarters and the reorganization of the company’s business units, according to the statement.

Grucza has become Toyota’s new chief HR officer, after serving as the former group vice president, corporate shared services, HR, according to a statement. Grucza will be in charge of Toyota’s HR function in addition to overseeing corporate shared services.

Grucza’s work with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky has enabled him to lead an array of groups such as team member relations, compensation, staffing and recruiting, and talent development programs, according to a statement. Grucza also served as vice president of HR for Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing operations and, like Hughes, played a key role in the development of the company’s Texas headquarters.

“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,” Christopher Reynolds, the chief Toyota administration officer of manufacturing and corporate resources, said in a statement. “Cheryl brings world-class experience and perspective to this new role, and Craig’s diverse background compliments his new role as chief HR officer.”

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