John Thomas named president & CEO of Toyo Tire U.S.A.
Toyo Tires has appointed a new president and chief executive officer at its Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. subsidiary. As of 1 May, John Thomas will take on this role.
Thomas brings more than 30 years of automotive experience to the role and joins the tyre maker from Webasto Charging Systems Inc., where he also served as president and chief executive officer. He will report to Tatsuo Mitsuhata, chairman of the board of Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. Located at Toyo Tires’ global headquarters in Japan, Mitsuhata is also a director and corporate officer of Toyo Tire Corporation and vice president of the Sales Headquarters.
Aggressive USA growth plans
“I am pleased to welcome John Thomas as the president and CEO of Toyo Tires in America,” comments Mitsuhata. “With his experience in leading dynamic, growing companies as well as his experience in EV, I am confident John is the right person for this critical role in our most significant market. He will continue our aggressive USA growth plans while maintaining the culture within the company and the commitment to our tyre dealers that make Toyo Tires so special.”
All departments at Toyo Tires, including Sales, Finance, Pricing & Planning, Marketing, and Product Planning & Technical Services will report directly to Thomas.
“I am thrilled to join the elite team at Toyo Tires and drive further advancements of our core business, culture, customer service and industry reputation,” says Thomas. “Toyo Tires has created a strong brand that enables us and our partners to uniquely position ourselves in the market. My commitment is to build on this tradition of excellence, bringing innovative solutions that ultimately set our channel partners and the Toyo Tires team on a course of continued growth and success.”
Thomas succeeds Roy Bromfield who will retire in July after nearly nine years with Toyo Tires and 37 years in the tyre industry. Bromfield will serve as an advisor to Toyo Tires at least through the end of 2021.