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Alistair Davis – SBC Chair

CEO, Toyota New Zealand Ltd

Alistair Davis

Alistair Davis was born in Waimate, South Canterbury in 1957, and grew up in Wellington, educated at Wellington College and Victoria University graduating with a LL.B and B.C.A (majoring in Business Administration) in 1979.

He joined Toyota New Zealand in 1979 with roles across most functions in the organisation over subsequent years. He was appointed General Manager in 1987 with responsibilities for Planning, Sales, Marketing and Customer Services. He was assigned to Toyota Motor Sales in Los Angeles from 2001-3, working on a variety of assignments, including the launch of the Scion brand in the USA before returning to New Zealand to assume the roles of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. From 2008 Alistair became Chief Executive Officer of Toyota New Zealand as it celebrated 20 years of market leadership.

Alistair is presently the President of the Motor Industry Association and Chairman of the Massey University College of Business Advisory Board.

Alistair is married with 4 children. He is involved with a range of Christian activities and is a trustee and previous Chairman of Alpha in New Zealand.

Since 1985 Toyota has been strongly focussed on sustainability with an executive presence on the boards of WWF NZ then from 2000 onwards, the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development. As a company, Toyota has established a sustainable business model within Toyota New Zealand, including ISO 14001 and carbon zero status.

Toyota has just published its fourth biennial sustainability report.