Six Toyota Leaders Recognized Among 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry

Six Toyota Leaders Recognized Among 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry

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PLANO, Texas (November 9, 2020) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), announced six executives have been named among the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News. They are:

  • Leah Curry, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc.
  • Susan Elkington, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
  • Karen Ideno, group vice president, Toyota Financial Services – Sales, Product & Marketing, Mazda Financial Services
  • Sandra Phillips Rogers, general counsel and chief legal officer, chief diversity officer, TMNA
  • Kristen Tabar, group vice president, Vehicle Development & Engineering, TMNA
  • Julia Wada, group vice president, Strategy, Innovation & Transformation, Toyota Financial Services

100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry recognizes women who are leaders in the automotive field – those who make major decisions and have significant influence at their companies. The six leaders from Toyota join honorees from 72 companies. Automotive News has published the list of the industry’s top female executives every five years since 2000.

“We are proud of these leaders,” said Ted Ogawa, president and CEO, TMNA. “Their commitment to our teams, their dedication to driving innovation within our organization, and championing diversity, inclusion and growth for women is critical to our company’s mission of delivering mobility for all, and strengthening the overall automotive industry.”

The 2020 class of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry emerged from months of nominations, and attracted hundreds of entries from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

About Automotive News

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About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands plus our 1,800 dealerships.

Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 47,000 in North America and has contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 40 million cars and trucks at our 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama that begins production in 2021.

Through its Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit

Carley Hummel
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