Vice President, Manufacturing, Toyota Kentucky
Group Vice President, Toyota Motor North America
As vice president of manufacturing at Toyota Kentucky, Hostettler is responsible for the overall management of vehicle manufacturing and logistics at Toyota’s largest manufacturing facility globally. The facility represents an $8.5 billion investment and is home to the Camry, Lexus ES 350 (including hybrid versions of both), and RAV4 Hybrid; plus, four-cylinder and V6 engines, located in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Before her current role, Hostettler served as senior vice president of manufacturing at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM), where she was responsible for the plant’s production system, quality department and hiring and training for 4,000 team members.
Hostettler joined Toyota in July 2000 as a quality engineering specialist at Toyota Indiana. Throughout her career, she has held leadership roles in many areas of the manufacturing process, including paint, plastics, plant engineering, quality and pilot production. After being promoted to general manager in 2017, Hostettler led final vehicle assembly for Sienna, Highlander and Sequoia.
Outside of her direct responsibilities, Janette champions diversity and inclusion initiatives as a strong advocate and advisor for women, young professionals and Latino/Hispanic communities. She has advocated for career development opportunities to support these communities through nonprofit board service in organizations such as the Evansville Diversity Lecture Series, Society of Women Engineers, Shaping our Appalachian Region, MTM Women Inspiring Women and Evansville High School Engineering Development Program.
Hostettler holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.