Toyota Announces Management Changes

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), Irvine, Calif., and Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM) today announced management changes including the appointment of Martin Boyd to vice president of product planning and marketing for TMHU and Tony Miller to vice president of production engineering, design engineering, manufacturing and maintenance for TIEM.

"These executives bring Toyota an extraordinary blend of leadership combined with material handling industry expertise," said Brett Wood, president of TMHU.

Boyd formerly served as the company’s national product planning and marketing manager. During his 11 years at Toyota, he has played a significant role in key product launches including the Toyota 7-Series and 8-Series lift truck model lines. He has also been instrumental in the development of TMHU’s automated solutions and automated guided vehicle (AGV) business as well as TMHU’s introduction of the Aichi line of aerial work platforms (AWP) products.

Prior to joining Toyota in 1999, Boyd spent seven years working for NACCO Material Handling Group, Inc. in various positions ranging from design engineer to service engineering manager.

Miller previously served as TIEM’s senior manager, production engineering, manufacturing and maintenance at the Columbus, Ind.-based facility, which manufactures the majority of Toyota lift trucks sold in the United States. He assumed responsibility for the manufacturing and maintenance departments in 2009, reporting directly to TIEM’s president.

Miller, and his team, won the TICO President’s Award for their achievements in assembly line consolidation and the plant’s launch of Toyota’s new 4-wheel AC electric lift truck. Throughout his career, he has identified and implemented "kaizen" continuous improvement measures on the plant floor, which are instrumental to the Toyota Production System practiced at TIEM. Miller joined TIEM in 1996 as a production engineer and has held several positions in the production engineering department.