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Hollander to lead Toyota Indiana

Leah Curry retiring after 26 years with company

One of the Evansville region’s largest employers has announced a change at the top.

Tim Hollander is the new president of Toyota Indiana in Princeton, succeeding Leah Curry, who is retiring after 26 years with the company. The change is effective in December.

Hollander has been with Toyota since 1998, holding leadership roles in production control, manufacturing, and administration at both Toyota Indiana and Toyota West Virginia.

In 2017, Hollander was promoted to vice president of administration at the Princeton plant and most recently served as vice president of manufacturing.

He serves on the boards of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, Evansville Regional Economic Partnership, and the Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

“When I started my career at Toyota Indiana, I recognized the potential of this plant, not only in the vehicles we could produce but the lives we could impact through our team members and community involvement,” Hollander says in a Toyota news release. “Over the last 25 years, my commitment to our team members, customers, and community has only grown stronger, and I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to leading Toyota Indiana to new heights.”

Under Curry’s leadership, Toyota Indiana grew to more than 8,000 workers and expanded its vehicle lineup to include the first-ever Grand Highlander and Lexus TX, both this year.

The TX is the first Lexus SUV to be assembled in the U.S., and the first Lexus for Toyota Indiana. Toyota’s prominence in Southwest Indiana manufacturing was spotlighted in the October/November issue of Evansville Business.

Curry received the Manufacturing Institute Step Ahead award in 2013 and twice has been named one of the top 100 women in the automotive industry by Automotive News. In 2022, she was inducted into the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame, and Indiana Business Journal named her one of the 250 most influential people in Indiana.

“It has been an honor to serve as president of Toyota Indiana, back home where my career started with the company twenty-six years ago,” Curry says in the company’s release. “Over the years, I have been part of an amazing work family, and I will be forever grateful for them, and the community and business leaders I have had the pleasure to work with. While this decision is bittersweet, I look forward to spending more time with loved ones whose support has meant so much to me through the years.”

Toyota announced two additional executive leadership changes effective this month:

  • Ted Brown, vice president of administration, is succeeding Hollander as vice president of manufacturing.
  • Carla Neff, general manager of purchasing supplier relations with Toyota Motor North America, is promoted to vice president of administration at Toyota Indiana.

Toyota Indiana represents a $6.6 billion total investment and has donated more than $37 million to local organizations since breaking ground in Gibson County in 1996.

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