F. Norman "Norm" Bafunno, III

F. Norman “Norm” Bafunno III
Group Vice President
One Toyota Competitiveness Project
Toyota Motor North America

Norm Bafunno is group vice president of the One Toyota Competitiveness project at Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) new campus in Plano, Texas.

He was previously president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI), located in Princeton, Ind. Bafunno joined Toyota in March 1997 as part of the Indiana plant startup team as general manager of production. Over the course the next 13 years, he held the titles of senior vice president for production, manufacturing planning, administration and quality.

Prior to being named president at TMMI, he served as vice president of Production Engineering at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) in Erlanger, Ky., supporting Toyota’s North American manufacturing facilities.

Before joining Toyota, Bafunno spent 14 years with General Motors in the truck manufacturing group. His engineering and management experience included vehicle body weld, paint and assembly operations.
Bafunno holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University.