Tony Coutinho becomes CEO of Ebbett Toyota

August 2020

We are delighted to announce that Tony Coutinho has joined Ebbett Toyota as CEO.

Tony brings extensive experience of the automotive market having previously held the position of Group General Manager of the Giltrap Group’s retail division.

He comes from a family of three generations of motor industry workers and started his career “on the tools” as an apprentice, developing a reputation for his values-based leadership.

‘I am thrilled to be CEO and shareholder of Ebbett Toyota, it’s a business with a strong reputation and a fantastic team, dedicated to customer satisfaction. It’s a real privilege to be part of New Zealand’s largest vehicle brand and delivering on its unrivalled customer experience. I look forward to meeting all our customers soon.’

Tony will take over from Richard van den Engel, who became CEO in October 2018. Since that time, Ebbett Toyota have reclaimed top spot in the Waikato for car registrations and Ebbett Toyota also received the 2019 Excellence in Leadership award from Toyota New Zealand. Richard will take now on his new responsibilities as Executive Director of the Ebbett Group.

‘I know, without a doubt, the business is in great hands. Tony is someone I have known and admired for a number of years and it’s clear he is extremely well liked and respected, particularly for his supportive and collaborative leadership.’

Tony began his CEO role on 3 August.

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