Wilbert W. James

by Justin Cates
Wilbert W. James
Former President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky
Serves on Board of Directors for: Atkore International Holdings Inc., Columbia Forest Products, Inc., Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.

Wilbert W. James, Jr. served as President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., Toyota’s largest automotive manufacturing plant in North America.

James started at Toyota in 1987 as an assembly group leader. Throughout his career, he has served in multiple leadership roles including senior vice president of Toyota’s Indiana plant, president of the Long Beach, California subsidiary, and vice president of manufacturing at Toyota Kentucky.

James served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, as well as a board member for the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement. James is a past board member of North Carolina A&T School of Engineering, Kentucky State University and the National Society of Black Engineers.

James received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences from Old Dominion University.

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