F. Norman "Norm" Bafunno, III
Chief Competitiveness Officer
Toyota Motor North America
As leader of the One Toyota North American Competitiveness Project, Norm Bafunno supports a team of four regional executives representing Research & Development, Sales & Marketing, Planning & Finance, and Manufacturing. Identifying current problems across the region and working with responsible areas to implement countermeasures, the team seeks improvements to revenue enhancement and cost reduction, leading to greater regional performance.
Previously, Bafunno was president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI), located in Princeton, Indiana. Bafunno joined Toyota in 1997 as part of the Indiana plant startup team in the role of general manager, production. Over the following 13 years he held the titles of senior vice president for production, manufacturing planning, administration and quality.
Prior to being named president at TMMI, Bafunno served as vice president of Production Engineering at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) in Erlanger, Kentucky, supporting Toyota’s North American manufacturing facilities.
Before joining Toyota, Bafunno spent 14 years with General Motors in the truck manufacturing group. His engineering and management experience included vehicle body weld, paint and assembly operations.
Bafunno holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University.
He is a past Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville Sports Corporation, and Indiana Manufacturers Association, among others.
Favorite quote: “Painstaking preparation, unwavering commitment, flawless execution.”
Books that shaped my life: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy; Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Car I’m driving now: Toyota Highlander