Toyota Motor Corp., aiming to speed planning and decision-making across North America, is expanding the responsibilities of several top executives in the region.
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda announced plans to remove management layers throughout the automaker on Friday to create a flatter, more diverse workforce to confront the challenges of the ever-evolving automotive industry.
"The revisions to our organizational structure are designed, by reducing the number of structural layers, to allow rebirth into a Toyota that is able to reach conclusions more swiftly, make prompt decisions, and take immediate action faster than ever," Toyoda said. "The aim is for them to go straight to where the action takes place and to make their visions a reality."
Tetsuo Ogawa has been appointed COO for Toyota North America and adds responsibility for the company's global communications and government affairs. Ogawa is currently senior managing officer for Toyota Motor Corp. as well as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Toyota North America.
Chris Reynolds, executive vice president of corporate resources, and chief diversity officer, becomes executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Toyota Motor North America, with oversight of all corporate functions — human resources, legal, finance, communications, etc. — as well as North American manufacturing.
"Reynolds, for example, will now further integrate and strengthen the manufacturing side, which will further integrate us as one Toyota," said Scott Vazin, chief communications officer for Toyota Motor North America. "Minor tweaks like these will grow and strengthen the bench."