The chairman of Toyota's manufacturing operations in northern Kentucky announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Gary Convis, 64, was the first non-Japanese to lead the
automotive giant's operations at the plant. He served as president
of the plant from 2001 to 2006 and became chairman last year.
Convis' retirement was considered imminent after he stepped down as
managing officer at Toyota Motor Corp. earlier this year.
"I'll miss having him as a mentor, as a person who can give me
his perspective on running this plant and on Toyota in general,"
said current plant President Steve St. Angelo.
Convis will remain a senior executive adviser for at least the
next two years.
The company has no immediate plans to fill the chairman role at
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky or Convis' position as
executive vice president for Toyota Motor Engineering &
Manufacturing North America, said spokesman Victor Vanov.
Convis began his career with Toyota in 1984 in California.
During his time at the Georgetown plant, he helped in the
development of the onsite North American Production Support Center,
which trains company employees.
"Gary leads people the way Toyota manages business: He empowers
them to do better and he displays a genuine respect for the work
they do," St. Angelo said.
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