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Chris Nielsen

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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), and executive general manager, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). In his role, Nielsen oversees a number of functions including:  quality, information systems, the Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC), the operations management development division; service parts and accessories; and North American vehicle operations, which consists of production planning and control, vehicle distribution operations and logistics operations.

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, 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, 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 (TMC) in Japan in 1999.

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 and Executive Committee for the Dallas Regional Chamber.

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