The Importance of Leadership in Manufacturing

  • Illustrating the importance of leaders during crises and rapidly evolving circumstances. What have we learned in the last two years?
  • Offering new ideas and best practices to do reviews remotely and win buy-in from a distributed workforce
  • How has workforce culture evolved, and what initiatives are we moving forward with to shape and influence the culture we need for the future?
  • What should other organizations leadership take away from our experience?

Brian Krinock
SVP, Vehicle Manufacturing & Production Engineering

Brian Krinock is a senior vice-president at Toyota Motor North America. He oversees the manufacturing operations of eight vehicle production facilities in the USA, Canada and Mexico, as well as having responsibilities for the production engineering/planning/process/equipment projects in North America.

Prior to his current role, Brian served for five years as president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) after two years as vice president of manufacturing responsible for three separate vehicle manufacturing lines including Lexus.

Mr. Krinock held other positions within the Toyota organization including serving as the North American leader for the Toyota/Subaru manufacturing joint agreement in Lafayette, Indiana; general manager of Purchasing Division; and numerous positions within Production Engineering Division.

Before joining Toyota in 1991, Brian was with the Chrysler Corporation. He has two Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Michigan, and a Master of Engineering from Oakland University, in Rochester, Michigan.