Dana Holding has named Gary Convis chief executive officer.

He joined the suppliers new board of directors in January after retiring from Toyota Motor Corporation, where he had spent more than 20 years culminating as chairman of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky.

Dana chairman John Devine, acting CEO since January, said Convis' expertise in lean manufacturing and management systems, including the Toyota Production System, made him the ideal choice for the job.

Convis spent over 40 years at Toyota, General Motors and Ford and became the first American president of Toyota's largest plant outside Japan, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK), in 2001. He was named chairman of TMMK in 2006 and retired in 2007.

Prior to this, in 2003, he was the first American manufacturing executive appointed by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) to be a managing officer of TMC, as well as executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America.

Convis previously spent 16 years at New United Motor Manufacturing, a joint venture between GM and Toyota in California. Before that, he spent more than 20 years in various roles with GM and Ford.

Convis will remain on Dana's board.  He is also a board member of Cooper-Standard Automotive and Compass Automotive Group.