In Memoriam: June 17, 1959- August 1, 2021
It is with deep sadness that we report Melanie Walker has passed away.
Melanie Walker was the CEO for Tsuchiya Group North America. She began her career with Tsuchiya Company of Nagoya, Japan in 1989. In 1994 she was named president of TASUS Corporation, Tsuchiya’s first North American subsidiary. Walker was the first and youngest female president of a Japanese owned manufacturing company in North America.
During the past 25 years of Walker’s presidency, she established five Tsuchiya facilities throughout North America with manufacturing plants in Ontario, Canada, Texas, Alabama, and the Tsuchiya Group North America/TASUS headquarters and manufacturing plants in Bloomington, Indiana.
Presently, Walker is a Member of the Board of Trustees, Chair of Finance, Audit and Strategic Planning Committee; Manufacturing Policy Institute, Member of the Board of Directors; Indiana In- novation Institute (IN3), Member of the Board of Directors; Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Dean’s Council Member; School of Informatics Computing and Engineering, Dean’s Council Member; O’Neill School Manufacturing and Public Policy Steering Committee Member; Japan American Society of Indiana, President of the Board of Directors; Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Member of the Board of Directors, Chair of Advisory Council; New Hope, Shelter and Childcare Facility, Member of the Board.
Ms. Walker graduated from Cornel University with a degree in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.