David Finch promoted as Toyota Alabama’s president

Effective July 1, David Finch will be Toyota Alabama’s new president, replacing incumbent president David Fernandes.

Finch joined Toyota Alabama in March this year as vice president, administration, manufacturing, and manufacturing support but has been with Toyota for 28 years. He has held various leadership roles in quality assurance, assembly, and manufacturing. His journey in Toyota began at its South Africa Motors facility.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Toyota Alabama,” Finch said. “Since joining the team earlier this year, I have seen firsthand the commitment our workforce makes to meet customer demand while focusing on quality and safety. I am excited to be a part of this plant and the community.”

Fernandes will move to his new function as senior vice president of manufacturing at Toyota South Africa Motors. His contribution in his three years of strong leadership at Huntsville engine plant includes the launching of a new engine line and produced nearly 2 million engines. In March, Toyota Alabama has announced its fifth expansion, a $288 million investment, and has generated 450 new jobs, expanding the plant’s total investment to $1.2 billion with a projected 1,800 team members by 2021.

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