Sean Suggs was named vice president of manufacturing at Toyota Mississippi in December 2015. In this role, Suggs is responsible for all areas of automotive manufacturing including body operations, paint and assembly and encompasses all areas of engineering, production and maintenance.
Prior to taking over as manufacturing vice president, Suggs served as the vice president of administration at Toyota’s Blue Springs plant that produces the Corolla, Toyota’s highest volume selling vehicle in the world.
Suggs’ automotive career began in 1998 at Toyota’s vehicle assembly plant in Princeton, Ind. where he was hired as a Team Leader. During his 10 year tenure, he served several roles and was named general manager of quality planning in 2008. In this leadership role, Suggs oversaw professional development, vehicle quality and manufacturing quality for current and new model production.
Prior to rejoining Toyota, Suggs most recently served as director of strategy, administration and human resources from 2011 to 2013 at Nissan’s North American headquarters in Franklin, Tenn. During his five years with Nissan, he also directed production quality at the company’s manufacturing and assembly plant in Canton, Miss.
In addition to helping shape Toyota Mississippi’s future, Suggs is also building on the advancement of the Toyota Way in the community through personal service. He currently serves as a board member for the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi, the Toyota Wellsprings Endowment Committee, the Community Development Foundation and the Tree of Life Clinic. In the past, Suggs supported several state and regional nonprofit and economic development organizations in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Suggs earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from Auburn University in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland City College in Oakland City, Ind. in 2000.
Sean and his wife, Janet, reside in Tupelo, Miss., which places him close to his six children and their families.