Robert Young has been appointed as head of Toyota's North American purchasing operation, effective Jan. 3, 2011. Atsushi Kume, since July 1, had been filling the post temporarily after Chris Nielsen, former vice president of purchasing for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc., was transferred to run Toyota's San Antonio truck plant.
Toyota said that the 44-year-old Young was general manager of vehicle parts and materials purchasing. In that job, he oversaw the purchase of electrical, body, steel and structural commodities for Toyota in North America.
He joined Toyota in 1995 and moved through several purchasing positions. According to Toyota, Young was promoted to manager of construction, machinery and equipment in 2000. His appointment was one of several senior management changes recently announced by Toyota.
Those appointments include: Yoji Suzuki, 56, as president of Toyota's West Virginia plant; Mike Price, 53, as vice president of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky; Bob O'Leary, 56, as vice president of manufacturing and Susan Elkington, 39, as vice president of administration, both at Toyota's Princeton, Ind., truck plant; and Tim Platt, 44, as vice president of information systems at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America in Erlanger, Ky.