Columbus-based Toyota Material Handling says President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Rufener will retire this month and the company has named current Senior Vice President of Sales Bill Finerty to succeed him.
Rufener joined TMH in 2011 after more than 30 years with Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America. The company says Rufener oversaw the move of the company’s headquarters from California to Indiana. He also managed the integration of Toyota Material Handling USA and Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing into a single company in 2020.
“Jeff led TMH through some of the largest, most transformational challenges in history, and he did so with grace, with empathy, and with compassion. He embraced each challenge, and always saw the positive opportunity in change,” said Brett Wood, senior executive officer of Toyota Industries Corp.
Finerty has more than 30 years of industry involvement, including executive roles with Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT)
With Finerty’s promotion, Jaksa Pejnovic will become TMH’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He’s been with Toyota since 2013.
Both promotions are effective January 1.
TMH specializes in forklifts, pallet jacks, and container handlers.