Pete Gritton is a Toyota Practitioner for the Lean Systems Program at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. Pete retired as Vice President of Human Resources for Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing of North America in June 2009.
The guiding principle of Human Resources at Toyota was to develop philosophies, strategies, policies and procedures needed to create and sustain the “True Lean”™ culture.
The North American Human Resources position was responsible for all human resources functions including: executive and management development and succession planning, compensation and benefits, health services and employee relations for Toyota’s assembly and parts manufacturing sites in North America with more than 22,000 employees.
After being hired as the Employee Relations Manager at the start-up of Toyota’s first wholly owned manufacturing facility in the United States in 1986, Pete held various positions in Human Resources and Production Control over the next 19 years. Pete transferred to Toyota’s North American headquarters in 2005 as Vice President of Human Resources.
Prior to joining Toyota, Pete held various human resources positions for companies involved in aluminum production and manufacturing.
Pete’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communications also from Western Kentucky University.