General Manager, Toyota Motor NA - R&D Purchasing Supplier Development - Functional
Chris Garramone is a driven, strategic leader within the Automotive industry, having worked 30+ years combined at General Motors, Delphi Automotive and Toyota. She strives to lead with authenticity, intentionality and purpose, ensuring team members can be their true selves, and reach their full potential. Chris is currently General Manager within Toyota Purchasing Supplier Development; in this role she is responsible for strategy, sourcing, production readiness, launch, risk management, and global cost competitiveness of her products. She drives robust supplier relationship development, safety and quality, as well as being a strong advocate for Minority and Women owned businesses.
Chris has held responsibilities in her career across multiple functions including Product Design, Project Management, Production Readiness and Supply Chain Management. Within SCM, she has led global parts commodity teams, raw materials, logistics, and a wide breadth of component responsibilities.
Chris remains an avid supporter of Diversity and Inclusion, previously as Vice Chair and Chair on the Women's Business Partnering Group at Toyota. She is a frequent executive contributor to many of the partnering groups, working to support leadership development. In 2021, Chris also was named a the R&D representative to Toyota's Regional Diversity Council.
Chris earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering as well as a MS in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton. She is a national member of the Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM), and holds multiple accreditations from ISM. Chris currently represents Toyota as an Executive Member of the Inforum AutomotiveNext Board, and a Corporate member to CADIA. She previously supported Bowling Green State University Advisory Board of Supply Chain Management Institute (BGSU SCMI).
Favorite Quote: "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other" - JFK