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Japan/Korea Agency of the Year

7 Dec 2017, Conrad Tokyo



-621 Days to Final Entry Deadline

Early Entry Deadline: 28 Sept 16
Final Entry Deadline: 5 Oct 16
Shortlist Released: 14 Nov 16


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The winners of the Japan/Korea Agency of the Year Awards 2016 will be announced at this event.

Awards Presentation & Cocktail: Conrad Tokyo, Japan
Thursday, 7 Dec 2017
The Japan/Korea Agency of the Year judging panel will comprise a minimum of five client marketers and senior Campaign editors.
In the first round of judging, judges will review and score entries independently and the scores will be sent directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers to verify the shortlist. The jury will then meet to discuss shortlisted entries in both the people and agency categories.

The judges’ decisions are final. Awards will be made at the discretion of the judges based on a scoring system and no feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results.

The results will be compiled by PwC.

  • Daisuke Otobe
    Chief Marketing Learning Officer
    Shiseido Japan Co., Ltd.
    Name: Daisuke Otobe
    Job Title: Chief Marketing Learning Officer
    Company: Shiseido Japan Co., Ltd.

    Joined P&G Japan, Marketing, for Ariel, Febreze, Attento, Pampers, etc. Transferred to the central team to lead a project about disruptive innovation from Marketing end in Cincinnati. After returning to Japan, directed and developed marketing departments at Danone Japan, Unilever Japan and Shiseido Japan. Won “CMO award” by CNET Japan in 2016 as a CMO of Shiseido Japan. DBA at Kobe University.

  • Gordon Dumesich
    Representative Director and General Manager
    Hill's Colgate (Japan) Ltd.
    Name: Gordon Dumesich
    Job Title: Representative Director and General Manager
    Company: Hill's Colgate (Japan) Ltd.

    Gordon is an accomplished Global Business Leader, with extensive commercial experience and accomplishments in Strategic Planning, Brand Management, Product Development and Innovation, Sales Management and Finance Planning and Operations. Gordon has worked for Colgate Palmolive for over 20 years now. Starting in Australia as a Brand Manager. He moved to join Hills Pet Nutrition, a division of Colgate Palmolive late 2002, in the US. In 2007 he promoted to as General Manager, Hills Canada. In 2013, he was promoted as General Manager, Hills Japan, in another role revitalize the company strategy and operations in one of Hill’s key priority markets.

  • Marc Pinsard
    Deputy Senior General Manager, Global Marketing Division
    Name: Marc Pinsard
    Job Title: Deputy Senior General Manager, Global Marketing Division
    Company: ASICS

    Marc Pinsard is Deputy Senior General Manager of global Marketing at ASICS, and also co-leads the company’s task force for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Based in Kobe, Japan, Marc joined ASICS in 2009 with the mission to create the global Marketing function at Headquarters, drive and execute ASICS’ global Marketing strategy, and is currently in charge of its global Brand Management. Marc has over 20 years international experience in the sporting goods industry, having served executive roles in Sales, Marketing, Business Development, General Management functions, related to accelerating growth and turn around initiatives at Babolat and Reebok in Japan, Asia / Pacific and North America for 14 years, prior to joining ASICS.

  • Satoshi Tanaka
    Senior Manager, Corporate Digital Marketing Dept, Corporate Strategy & Marketing
    3M Japan Limited
    Name: Satoshi Tanaka
    Job Title: Senior Manager, Corporate Digital Marketing Dept, Corporate Strategy & Marketing
    Company: 3M Japan Limited

    Over 25 years’ experience of Digital Marketing – both B2C and B2B. Started carrier as an editor of specialty magazine named "MacPower" at ASCII Corp. Worked at Adobe Systems and Apple Japan as a Web Producer, developed the corporate web site and its contents. At 2nd employment from Adobe, take initiative of eCommerce sales manager, and maximize the revenue from both Direct EC and Partner EC. From 2011, working at 3M Japan Ltd., in charge of Sr. Marketing manager of Corporate Digital Marketing. Maximize Marketing Qualified Lead by demand generation program, contents marketing and marketing analysis including managing corporate MA platform.

  • Shoko Suzuki
    Executive Officer and Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
    MetLife Insurance K.K.
    Name: Shoko Suzuki
    Job Title: Executive Officer and Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
    Company: MetLife Insurance K.K.

    Prior to joining MetLife, Suzuki was a President & Representative Director of AMO Japan KK (Johnson & Johnson Vision). She started her career as a management consultant at The Japan Research Institute, Ltd. Then moved to marketing area as a product manager at Johnson &Johnson, Executive Director at Dell Inc. as a head of Asia-Pacific/Japan Consumer Marketing, a Senior Vice President, IMC, Marketing and New Businesses at Coca-Cola (Japan) Company. Suzuki received MBA from Arthur D. Little School of Management (HULT).

  • Takeshi Komuro
    Senior Director, National Marketing
    McDonald’s Company (Japan), Ltd.
    Name: Takeshi Komuro
    Job Title: Senior Director, National Marketing
    Company: McDonald’s Company (Japan), Ltd.

    Worked at Mindshare/GroupM in Japan for over 13 years, last several years as management role. In 2011, moved to Danone as Senior media manager to oversee overall media planning and buying. In 2014, moved to McDonald’s Japan as Media Director and also experienced other responsibilities such as merchandising and food promotion. Currently as Senior Director of Marketing, responsible for overall marketing of several categories including Family, Breakfast, Coffee, Dessert, and Value.

  • Thomas Sailer
    VP Marketing Adidas
    Adidas Japan
    Name: Thomas Sailer
    Job Title: VP Marketing Adidas
    Company: Adidas Japan

    Thomas Sailer is a 19 year sporting goods industry veteran. He started his career at the Adidas Headquarters in Football and Lifestyle Communications before leading the BU Football for Region Europe and then Global Marketing. In 2014, he transferred to Japan where he is responsible for all marketing aspects, from Product Marketing, Brand Management, to Sports and Influencer Marketing. In 2016, Adidas was able to generate double digit net sales growth, grew market share +2.6ppt while keeping the leadership in Net Promoter Score. In 2017, Thomas was selected for Adidas’ newly created Extended Leadership Group that works alongside the Board.



Entry Number Shortlisted Agency/Network


Entry Number Shortlisted Agency/Network Nominee
NOTE: In categories with three or fewer entries, the judges’ scores will decide whether an entry is awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze. This may result in no trophies being awarded in a category.


Creative Network of the Year
Company Award Type
Soames Hines, Ogilvy & Mather Asia-Pacific


Creative Network of the Year
Name Award Type
Soames Hines, Ogilvy & Mather Asia-Pacific