Neeraj Lala

CEO, Toyota New Zealand

Neeraj joined Toyota New Zealand straight from Victoria University in 1998, as a graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce into the role of internet development coordinator and worked his way up through the company till he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in July 2020. Over the years, he’s 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), finishing top in his class with Distinction from Massey University.

Since returning in 2018 from a three-year ‘Executive Assignment’ with Toyota Motor Sales in the United States, Neeraj has been instrumental in driving transformational change at Toyota. He is passionate about cars and technology and wants to develop further the interface between mobility and digital technology as the global company transitions from a traditional automaker, known for its cars, trucks and vans, to a mobility company focused on future technologies.

Born and bred in Wellington, Neeraj is a Kiwi through and through who is married with three children.

As a member of Champions for Change, Neeraj is committed to diversity throughout the wider business community.