Toyota Announces Executive Leadership Appointments in North America

February 09, 2018
PLANO, Texas, (Feb. 9, 2018) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today announced executive changes across its North American operations.
The following changes will take effect on April 1, 2018, unless otherwise noted:
Norm Bafunno will be promoted to senior vice president, Unit Manufacturing and Engineering, TMNA, in Plano, where he will be responsible for all unit plants and Unit Production Engineering in North America.
John Kennelly will be promoted to group vice president, Competitiveness Project, in Plano, where he will have responsibilities for identifying opportunities to realize revenue enhancement and cost reduction leading to greater regional performance.
Doug Beebe was promoted to vice president, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) on Jan. 22. He oversees the ERP program for TMNA.
Kazuo Noda was promoted to vice president, Executive Office, Toyota Motor Credit Corporation, effective Jan. 1.
Jeff Moore will retire on March 31 after completing more than 19 years of service to Toyota. He currently serves as senior vice president, Unit Manufacturing and Engineering, TMNA, in Georgetown, Kentucky.
About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today. 
Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit
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