Mike Rausa joined Toyota in 1985 as a Graduate Engineer in the former Engine Manufacturing Plant, after graduating from RMIT University as a Mechanical Engineer. In 1988 he moved to the Purchasing Division, where he spent the next 15 years in various purchasing positions to increase localisation levels of purchased parts and implement supplier development, supplier assessment and Supplier Parts Tracking Teams (SPTT) programs. Mike was then appointed to General Manager of Purchasing in 2001 and General Manager of Product Development in 2003.
In 2011, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Purchasing in an overseas post for Toyota Motor Asia Pacific in Thailand. In this role he was responsible for coordinating purchasing activity for Toyota’s manufacturing plants across multiple countries.
In 2013, he returned to Australia and was appointed to the Toyota Australia Board as Executive Director of Corporate Services where he was responsible for Human Resources, Information Systems, Corporate Affairs and General Affairs Divisions. Since then, he has held multiple roles at Toyota Australia.
In 2017, Mike was appointed as the inaugural Director of Toyota Community Foundation Australia and was reappointed as a Director in 2022.