Chris Nielsen

2019 Chair of the Board

Executive Vice President, Product Support
Chief Quality Officer
Toyota Motor North America

Chris Nielsen is executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).

In his role, Nielsen oversees a number of functions including: quality, supply chain management, service parts and accessories, the Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC), 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, Kentucky. Prior to that assignment, Nielsen was president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) located in San Antonio, Texas. 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 joined Toyota in 1987 as a buyer at its Georgetown, Kentucky, plant and progressed through a series of positions including vice president of purchasing 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 (TMC) in Japan in 1999.

Nielsen received his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. He is on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Regional Chamber and was the 2019 Chair. Nielsen also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Board of Directors of the Manufacturing Institute. Nielsen was named an Automotive News All-Star in 2007.