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Newly appointed Japan Representative Director & Managing Director for North Asia - Consumer, Retail, and Life Sciences

Williams Lea Tag, leading providers of marketing and communications supply chain services, today announces the appointment of Akihiko Kubo as Japan Representative Director from 1 November, based in Tokyo.

Prior to joining Williams Lea Tag, Aki held the position of President and then Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group Japan. As the first local president, he managed six operating companies across advertising, digital planning, PR, activations, social media and digital media planning and buying.  Previously, Aki spent two and a half years as CEO, President of Weber Shandwick, where he helped blue chip global and local clients to retain and enhance their corporate reputations.

During more than 27 years at McCann Erickson, Aki worked his way up from Account Executive to Managing Director of McCann Erickson International, where he handled a wide variety of high profile clients across both the B2B and B2C space. In 2007, he moved with McCann Erickson to London to take on the role of Global Business Director.

Todd Handcock, APAC CEO, Williams Lea Tag, said:  “With significant experience in some of the world’s most renowned advertising and PR agencies, Aki has a wealth of expertise in leadership, strategy, business development and client engagement. His proven track record is invaluable to Williams Lea Tag and we are delighted that he is joining us.”

Aki commented on his appointment:  “I am excited to join Williams Lea Tag as a leader in its Japan operation. I see a great opportunity to grow our business by offering immediate and tangible value to our clients.”

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