Toyota Motor North America Makes Executive Changes to Its Supply Chain Management Team

Randy Pflughaupt is retiring from his 38-year career at Toyota. Keith Robertson will take over his role as group vice president of Supply Chain Management operations.

Plano-headquartered Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has made two executive changes to its Supply Chain Management (SCM) operations, effective Oct. 26.

The announcement follows a series of moves TMNA has made throughout the year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing companies across the countries to enforce staff cuts and layoffs.

In June, TMNA promoted two employees to help drive its vision toward becoming a mobility company. Then, in July, the multinational automotive manufacturer named two employees to new roles, while two executives retired and one person stepped down from a current role. Most recently, in August, TMNA made four changes to its automotive operations team.

Now, the corporation is making changes to the position of group vice president of SCM.

Randy Pflughaupt, who had been serving in the role, is retiring after a 38-year career with Toyota. During his time there, Pflughaupt held various leadership positions: group vice president of sales administration, Toyota Motor Sales; senior vice president of production control, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing; and group vice president of marketing.

He also worked in several sales region leadership positions.

Toyota credits Pflughaupt as an instrumental leader of cross-functional teams. He helped support Toyota’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and achieved compliance with new USMCA trade requirements, per a statement.

Keith Robertson, who is currently the vice president of Demand and Supply Management (DSM), will take over for Pflughaupt as group vice president, SCM, TMNA. Robertson’s promotion means that he will now be responsible for all North America vehicle supply chain operations, according to Toyota.

That includes DSM, Project Planning and Management, and Toyota Logistics Services. He will report to Chris Nielsen, the executive vice president of product support and TMNA’s chief quality officer.

“Randy has played an integral role at Toyota for nearly four decades and we thank him for his leadership and many contributions to our organization,” Nielsen said in a statement. “Keith’s experience and approach will ensure a seamless transition and continue to position us well for success now and into the future.” 

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