Charles Brown was named executive advisor and chair, Compliance Advisory Council, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) in 2016. Mr. Brown had served as vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) since 1997 and was responsible for all areas of accounting and finance. He was appointed secretary in 2003.
Prior to joining TEMA, Mr. Brown worked at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky as general manager of accounting. Before beginning his career with Toyota in 1987, he held a variety of financial positions with General Motors, including as plant accountant; internal auditor, domestic and overseas; treasurer’s staff budget analyst; and senior financial analyst.
During his professional career, Mr. Brown has been engaged in various civic and community activities, serving for many years as a member of the Northern Kentucky University’s board of regents, including two years as board chair. He is also a trustee and finance committee chair of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
He has served as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s main office board of directors since 2015. Prior to 2015, Mr. Brown served as chair of the Bank’s Cincinnati Branch board of directors.
Mr. Brown holds a BA in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University.
The Cleveland Fed, one of the 12 Reserve Banks of the Federal Reserve System, is overseen operationally and informed by a board of directors, whose members regularly share industry trends and geographic perspectives that help the Federal Reserve understand how various business sectors and communities are experiencing the economy. These regional insights, in turn, help inform national monetary policymaking. The Cleveland Fed’s directors come from various backgrounds and experiences and hail from the district the Bank serves, which comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, the northern panhandle of West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky.