Mike Bafan is president of TABC, a Toyota affiliate, located in Long Beach, Calif. Previously, he served as vice president of manufacturing and administration.
Prior to joining Toyota, Bafan worked 22 years at General Motors. Two of those years were as coordinator at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc (NUMMI), Toyota’s former joint venture with GM in Fremont, Calif.
Bafan has held several management and leadership positions in production, manufacturing engineering and production control. He began his career at GM’s Saginaw steering gear division as a production supervisor. He later assumed increasing levels of responsibilities in manufacturing engineering and production control in several different factories in Europe and in the U.S including an assignment at NUMMI.
After holding a position of superintendent in manufacturing engineering, Bafan was promoted to an executive leadership role to develop GM’s latest general assembly Green Field plant using TPS/GMS principles.
In 2001, he became the plant manager of a GM high tech aluminum forming factory in Michigan, before joining GM’s full size truck plant in Ft. Wayne, Ind., as a production manager in 2003 where he was responsible for safety, quality, cost, delivery and productivity.
He has worked as general manager of production engineering at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) to support Toyota’s engineering and production process activities on the West Coast.
Bafan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from The University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. Additionally, he has completed a series of executive development programs for GM and Toyota at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.