Toyota announced several changes in the top management at its engine and transmission plant in Buffalo, including the appointment of the first woman to serve as a senior vice president at the factory.
Millie Marshall has been named senior vice president of manufacturing, manufacturing support, and administration at the plant, effective Jan. 1, the company said. She will report to Yoji "Yogi" Suzuki, president of Toyota's West Virginia operations.
Jeff Moore was the last vice president at the factory. Moore became vice president of manufacturing and Mike Lutz became general manager of administration at Buffalo in late 2007. Their promotions came after Toyota transferred David Copenhaver to Mississippi.
In late 2009 Moore was promoted to vice president of manufacturing at Toyota's vehicle assembly plant in Georgetown, Ky. Following Moore's departure the auto industry went into a recession and Toyota didn't name a replacement. Now the position has been re-instituted.
Marshall succeeds Mike Lutz as general manager of administration but her job assignment is broader.
Lutz has been promoted to a new assignment at Toyota's North American manufacturing and engineering headquarters in Erlanger, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. The unit is named Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc., and is known as TEMA.
Doug Shields succeeds Lutz as general manager of administration at the Buffalo plant. He will report to Marshall.
Shields comes to Buffalo from TEMA, where he has been general manager of human resources since 2011. A majority of his 20-year career with Toyota was in Information Systems. He began his Toyota career as a body weld team member at Georgetown. He has a bachelor's degree in aerospace administration from Middle Tennessee State University.
John Tinney, who was appointed general manager of manufacturing at the Buffalo plant in 2009, also has been re-assigned to Erlanger, the company said. His new title is vice president of production engineering at TEMA.
Marshall comes to Buffalo from TEMA, where she has been vice president of human resources since 2009. Before that she was vice president of information systems, leading technology development and strategic planning for TEMA's manufacturing and design operations.
In 2003 she served as general manager of administration at Toyota's plant in Huntsville, Ala., overseeing human resources, corporate affairs, and accounting and finance. She joined Toyota in 1991 as manager of the Information Services Division at the Georgetown plant.
Marshall has a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Midway College in Midway, Ky., and an associate degree in applied science from Lexington Community College.
Toyota has 14 manufacturing plants in North America and more than 1,800 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships, which sold more than 1.8 million vehicles last year. Toyota has 37,000 employees in North America, including 1,200 at Buffalo.
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