2 Georgetown Toyota execs promoted

The head of Toyota's Georgetown manufacturing plant was named Friday to a senior appointment with the global Toyota corporation.

Steve St. Angelo is in line to become one of 50 managing officers of Toyota Motor Corp. St. Angelo, who has been plant president since 2006, is also senior vice president of Toyota's manufacturing operations in North America. He will continue to be based in Georgetown.

The company also named Koichi Sugihara, senior vice president at the Georgetown plant, to the group of 50 managing officers. Sugihara also will continue to be based in Georgetown.

Both will officially receive the appointments from the company's board of directors after its shareholders meeting in June. Roles and responsibilities that come with those positions will be disclosed at that time.

The appointments are part of a broad set of nominations company-wide. The company named eight people expected to be appointed to its board of directors at this year's shareholders meeting. It also announced 18 new managing officers, offsetting 14 who are retiring.

St. Angelo is one of just a handful of non-Japanese in the global leadership of the automotive giant.

He came to Toyota in April 2005 after a career with General Motors that included work at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between GM and Toyota in California.