Toyota Taps Key Leaders for ‘Mobility’ Shift

The OEM made executive changes aimed at shaping the company's future, focusing beyond car ownership to car use.

Cheryl Hughes (left) and Craig Grucza lead Toyota’s push for mobility.

Toyota Motor North America in June made two executive changes aimed at shaping the company’s future as a mobility company — that is, broadening focus beyond car ownership to car use, including car sharing services and rental and leasing branches.

Cheryl Hughes, former group vice president and chief HR officer at TMNA, has become group vice president for business revolution and transformation, a new role at the company.

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.

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“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, in a news release.

“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 said.

Before serving as HR officer, Hughes was a key leader responsible for the consolidation of Toyota’s U.S. affiliate operations. She helped oversee the reorganization of the company’s business units and the company’s relocation to its Texas headquarters.

Grucza previously led team member relations, compensation, staffing and recruiting and talent development programs for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky. He also 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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