Toyota GB has appointed Ewan Shepherd as the new director of the Lexus division.

Shepherd succeeded Richard Balshaw, who was recently appointed director of customer services, following the retirement of Steve Settle.

Shepherd moved to the role from his position as Toyota GB sales director, a post he has held since 2013 and in which he has led Toyota to three consecutive years of growth.

He joined Toyota GB in 1999 and held a number of field-based roles before his first executive appointment as general manager, operations for Lexus in 2006. In 2011 he took up responsibility for Fleet and Vehicle Remarketing before leading the Sales Operations team in 2012. His promotion to Sales Director followed in September 2013.