2019 ALL STAR | PUBLIC POLICY
Chief administrative officer, manufacturing and corporate resources,
Toyota Motor North America
Chris Reynolds grew up as a self-professed “factory rat” — his father spent a career at Ford Motor Co.’s massive River Rouge assembly plant in Detroit — a background that helps him successfully guide Toyota’s manufacturing facilities in North America.
Yet it is Reynolds’ other experiences — as a successful corporate attorney and former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — that most helped as he guided Toyota Motor North America through one of the most tumultuous and danger-wrought periods of the past 70 years, at least when it comes to trade.
As chief administrative officer for manufacturing and corporate resources, Reynolds, 56, has helped shape Toyota’s path through a renegotiation of U.S.-Japanese trade that could have severely crippled the giant Japanese automaker’s operations in the United States.
In addition to manufacturing, Reynolds has responsibility for Toyota Motor North America’s accounting and finance, human resources, government affairs, communications, corporate strategy, social innovation and diversity, and, of course, legal operations.
Reynolds is a 1986 graduate of Harvard Law School who joined Toyota in 2007. He still talks wistfully about the shop floor lessons he learned from his father. It was those lessons of human interaction that have allowed Toyota to successfully protect its position in the U.S. amid political chaos and trade tumult.