New Leadership Appointments at Toro Highlight Company’s Commitment to Operational Excellence, Sustainability

Toro has announced that Kevin Carpenter will join the company as vice president, global operations and integrated supply chain. Carpenter will succeed Blake Grams who is taking on a newly created role as vice president, sustainability, business analytics and process improvement. The moves are effective December 1, 2021.

Kevin Carpenter joins Toro from Carrier Global Corporation where he most recently served as vice president of operations, Residential and Light Commercial Systems. His focus on quality and continuous improvement, paired with his experience around automation, position him well to further advance key enterprise initiatives, Toro states. He also brings extensive experience developing and deploying data-driven manufacturing strategies and optimizing equipment effectiveness resulting in significant productivity savings. Prior to joining Carrier, Carpenter served as vice president of manufacturing services at Rockwell Automation, where he led global manufacturing initiatives across multiple locations, driving standardization, eliminating waste and increasing profitability.

Blake Grams has served as vice president of global operations for Toro since 2013 with responsibility for manufacturing and end-to-end supply chain. During his tenure, he managed historic growth and expansion of Toro’s operational footprint, drove notable improvements in key metrics and successfully navigated a number of challenging manufacturing and supply-chain conditions, the company states. Grams will play a key role in leading the company’s efforts to define and drive related metrics, while enhancing visibility to the organization’s sustainability opportunities globally. He will also help the organization operate more competitively, drive additional profitability and increase customer value through robust data and analytics. Prior to leading operations, Grams was appointed vice president, corporate controller in 2008 and has held various roles of increasing responsibility since joining Toro in 1998.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Kevin to the organization and to recognize Blake in this new leadership role,” says Rick Olson, chairman and chief executive officer of The Toro Company. “As we continue to position The Toro Company for a strong, sustainable future, these leadership appointments will help advance our strategic priorities of accelerating profitable growth, driving productivity and operational excellence and empowering our people. Both individuals are highly accomplished leaders with proven track records of driving successful change.”


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