Woman named new president of Toyota Kentucky

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman is taking the wheel at the Toyota plant in Georgetown.

It was announced on Friday that Susan Elkington will become president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) in Georgetown.

Elkington will take the helm at Toyota’s largest plant in the world beginning in 2018.

Toyota says Elkington will oversee a $7 billion operation, which employs over 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines.

The company says with Elkington’s appointment, three Toyota plants in the U.S. will be led by women.

Toyota says Elkington joined TMMK in January 2017 as senior vice president, overseeing the plant’s manufacturing and administrative functions. Prior to that, she most recently served as general manager, Production Control Division at Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) global headquarters in Toyota City, Japan.

Toyota says Elkington was the first woman to serve in this global production role, supporting Toyota’s 53 manufacturing plants worldwide.

Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Princeton, Indiana as an assembly engineering specialist. By 2013, she held the position of manufacturing vice president at TMMI.

Elkington will succeed Wil James, plant president of Toyota Kentucky since 2010, who is retiring following a 30-year career with the automaker.

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