Toyo Tire U.S.A. announced today that John Thomas has been selected as its next president and chief executive officer (CEO).
Thomas brings more than 30 years of automotive experience to the role, including extensive knowledge of the North American OEM and aftermarket landscape. In his most recent role Thomas served as president and CEO of Webasto Charging Systems, Inc. based in Monrovia, CA.
Thomas will report to Tatsuo Mitsuhata, chairman of the board of Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. Located at the global headquarters in Japan, Mitsuhata is also a director and corporate officer of Toyo Tire Corporation and vice president of the Sales Headquarters.
“I am pleased to welcome John Thomas as the president and CEO of Toyo Tires in America,” commented 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 tire 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,” said 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 earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, and resides in Orange County, CA with his family.
He succeeds Roy Bromfield who will retire in July after nearly nine years with Toyo Tires and 37 years in the tire industry. Bromfield will serve as an advisor to Toyo Tires at least through the end of 2021.