James “Jamie” Bonini is Vice President of TSSC at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA), located in Plano, Texas. TSSC is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with TMNA which shares Toyota Production System (TPS) know-how with North American organizations that have a true desire to learn and adopt TPS, as a way to strengthen their operations.
Bonini began his career with Toyota in 2002, as Assistant General Manager for TSSC, responsible for planning and leading shop floor improvement activities. He later joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky’s powertrain group as Assistant General Manager responsible for V6 and 4-cylinder engines, as well as axle production, quality and safety.
From 2004-2010 Bonini served as General Manager for Toyota’s Supplier Commodity Engineering (SCE) Division which leads new model projects and mass production supplier development projects in North America. His duties included managing supplier parts for new model preparations as well as mass production models.
Prior to joining Toyota, Bonini worked at DaimlerChrysler where he held a variety of roles including the company’s cost management group and new model projects at three assembly plants in North America. He also held key positions with Tritec Motors and the Pilette Road Truck Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University (1985), a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1987) and two Master of Science degrees in management and material science engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992).
Originally from Princeton, New Jersey; he resides in Frisco, Texas, with his wife, Patti.