Alistair Davis and Neeraj Lala
Toyota New Zealand has, as of 1st July 2019, appointed Neeraj Lala to Chief Operating Officer from his previous role of
General Manager New Vehicles and Product Planning.
In his new role, Mr Lala will have overall responsibility for new and used vehicle sales, the parts and accessories
business, service, logistics, franchise development, and product planning.
The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Alistair Davis said he was delighted to be announcing the appointment
of Neeraj Lala to COO. “Neeraj has made an excellent contribution to the success of Toyota New Zealand. He has driven
key initiatives to support Toyota’s strategic objectives of being a leader in vehicle safety and the future of
Mr Lala has had a variety of senior management positions with Toyota New Zealand, which he joined as a Commerce graduate
from Victoria University in 1998.
“Over the past two decades I have had the privilege of amazing opportunities within this great company,” Neeraj said.
“It has been an honour and I am looking forward to continuing to grow with Toyota as we seek new levels of excellence in
everything we do.”
He has worked in most areas of the Toyota business including Marketing, New Vehicles, Product Planning, IT and Used
Vehicles. In 2014, he completed an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction from Massey
Mr Lala was seconded to the United States to undertake a three-year Executive Leadership programme with Toyota Motor
Sales. He returned to Toyota New Zealand’s Palmerston North headquarters in 2018 and was appointed to the Board of
Toyota New Zealand the same year as an Executive Director.