Chris Nielsen

Chris Nielsen
Senior Vice President          
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA)


Chris Nielsen is Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Corporate Strategy, Supplier Engineering, and Purchasing for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) located in Erlanger, KY.  Prior to this assignment, Nielsen was president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) located in San Antonio, TX.

Nielsen joined Toyota in 1987 as a buyer at the Georgetown, Kentucky plant and progressed through a series of positions in purchasing.  He was the first American to participate in the management expatriation program, a year-long management development assignment with Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan in 1999. 

From 2003 to 2006, Nielsen served as chief production manager for the Tundra and Sequoia vehicles, leading the overall manufacturing preparation, including the establishment of TMMTX.  He was also vice president of purchasing, vehicle parts and materials for (TEMA); where he was responsible for overseeing all vehicle parts and materials procurement as well as supplier production preparation.

Nielsen is a native of Warren, Mich. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Mich.  In addition, he serves on the board of trustees for Kettering University and is chairman of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council's advisory board.