Senior Vice President
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Chris Nielsen is senior vice president of Product Support for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA), based in Plano, Texas, where the company is unifying its North American headquarters. In his role, Nielsen oversees a number of functions including Quality; North American Vehicle Operations, which consists of production planning and control, vehicle distribution operations and logistics operations; Service Parts & Accessories; Toyota Production System Support Center; and Operations Management Development Division.
Previously, Nielsen served as senior vice president of Human Resources, Corporate Strategy, Supplier Engineering Development, and Purchasing for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) located in Erlanger, Ky. Prior to that assignment, Nielsen was president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) located in San Antonio.
Nielsen joined Toyota in 1987 as a buyer at its Georgetown, Ky., plant and progressed through a series of positions including vice president of Purchasing, Vehicle Parts and Materials for TEMA, where he was responsible for overseeing all vehicle parts and materials procurement.
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 overall manufacturing preparation, including the establishment of TMMTX.
Nielsen is a native of Warren, Mich. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Mich. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Regional Chamber.