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Mara McNeill

Mara McNeill

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Mara McNeill

President & CEO
Toyota Financial Savings Bank

Mara McNeill is president and chief executive officer of Toyota Financial Savings Bank (TFSB), which provides banking services to Toyota, Lexus, and private label dealers and consumers. Her leadership focuses on building high performance teams who serve by delivering responsible lending products and positive consumer experiences. Prior to her current position, McNeill served as TFS vice president, general counsel and secretary, overseeing the company’s legal and enterprise compliance departments.
McNeill joined Toyota from JPMorgan Chase Bank, where she served as general counsel for Chase Auto Finance, which included a portfolio of retail auto loans and leases, as well as dealer commercial financing. She also served as member of the executive management committee advising on strategy, risk, governance, and operations.
From 2009 to 2011, McNeill was senior counsel for the Automotive Investment Financing Program for the Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for the department’s $80 billon financing of General Motors, Chrysler, Ally Financial, and Chrysler Financial during the recession. She worked as part of a team of elite advisors to structure transactions to sustain the U.S. Auto industry and to optimize the return of government funds.
Earlier in her career, McNeill served as an officer in the United States Air Force. During her assignment at the Pentagon, she was an analyst responsible for developing modernization and budget plans.
McNeill received her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy.

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management?
Strategy, Governance, Servant Leadership, Legal

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
Executive management - finance

What three keywords best describe you?
Achiever, Learner, Believer - according to Strength finder

Personal Motto:
Be the change you seek

What are you passionate about?
Equipping leaders to unite in activities advance corporate and personal missions

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I have national collegiate title in Olympic Weightlifting

Who has been a role model for you?
Brene Brown

What are you most proud of?
Advancing as I have with all my weaknesses

MENTORING:
a. What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Match, purpose, and commitment

b. What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Believe in yourself and your purpose; discount opinions of those who you would not invite to be on your personal board of directors.

c. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
It becomes pretty clear to others if you don't like a culture at which you work. Feel free to move on as soon as that becomes clear in your mind.