Rebecca Barker Vest is vice president, Corporate Development and Social Responsibility, for Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). In this position, Vest will oversee a variety of functions that serve to enhance the company's corporate partnerships, corporate social responsibility and environmental footprint. She will oversee the diversity, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, sustainability and 4R, OEM partnerships and internal audit functions. She will report to Scott Becker, senior vice president, Administration, Nissan North America.
Prior to this position, Vest was the vice president of Purchasing, and her responsibilities included all oversight of purchasing activities for parts, materials, vendor tooling, logistics, services, machinery and equipment, media, aftersales and accessories for Nissan's operations throughout the North American region. She also served as the North American regional purchasing head for the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO).
Vest joined NNA in 2009 as director, Powertrain Purchasing. In that role, she led purchasing efforts for all powertrain projects in North America (US and Mexico). In addition to this role, she served as the Monozukuri leader, working with suppliers to improve their competitiveness. Before Nissan, Vest worked for over 22 years at Toyota, where she held positions of increasing responsibility in purchasing including Parts, Materials, Facilities, Strategy and Parts Commodity Engineering. Additionally, she spent two years at the Toyota Technical Center, responsible for cost planning within the engineering organization.
Vest earned a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Kentucky. She is based in Franklin, Tennessee.
(Updated July 2016)