Special thanks to Jupiter International Corporation for generously providing Contrex Water at the event.
Join us for an engaging discussion with Mr. Kohzoh Takaoka, President and CEO of Nestlé Japan, on recent consumer trends in Japan, how the retail environment in Japan has changed over the years, and areas of opportunity.
Mr. Takaoka, a 30 year veteran of Nestlé Japan, started his career in beverage sales and marketing and later moved to Nestlé Japan’s confectionery company, where he became president in 2005.
As president, he propelled the KitKat brand in Japan to the top by making it a lucky charm for entrance exams, developing limited edition and local flavors, and turning the brand into one of the top souvenirs for domestic travelers. In January of 2010, he was made Representative Director & Executive Vice President, Beverage Business Group, Nestlé Japan Ltd. and that November became the Representative Director, President and CEO, Nestlé Japan Ltd.
Mr. Takaoka excels at creating innovations that preemptively address consumer needs, and implements training to build this skill through Nestlé Japan’s Innovation Awards program.
Mr. Takaoka is author of numerous works, including his recent book 21st Century Marketing: Digitalization and Transformation through Innovation coauthored with Prof. Philip Kotler and Dr. Mark Opresnik. In 2014, Mr. Takaoka was selected as one of 37 Internationalists in the world for his outstanding marketing by The Internationalist.
Karl H. Hahne, Kiran S. Sethi Co-Chairs
Reiko Nakamura, Vice Chair
ACCJ Retail Committee
Joseph Peters, Chair
Michael Bell, Vice Chair
ACCJ Direct Marketing Committee
Thomas Shockley, Chair, Steven Bleistein, Co-Chair
Annie Chang, Mary, Nishikawa, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Independent Business Committee
Susanne Walloscheck, Chair
ACCJ Marketing Programs Committee
Thomas Shockley, Carlo La Porta, Eric Wedemeyer, Co-chairs
Kjell Yadon, Reiko Osa, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Sales Development Committee
NOTE 1: This event is OFF THE RECORD.
NOTE 2: If you cancel after the stated deadline, the full meeting fee will be charged to your account. All guests must be accompanied by an ACCJ member. Sorry, no substitutions or walk-ins.
NOTE 3: If you are driving to the Tokyo American Club, please inform the ACCJ of the make, model, color and plate of the vehicle, by the registration deadline, as arrangements must be made. A 1,700 yen parking fee will apply.
NOTE 4: Special thanks to Jupiter International Corporation for generously providing Contrex Water at the event.
If you need to cancel your registration due to illness, travel to affected areas within the past 14 days, or contact with someone who has traveled to affected areas, and the cancellation deadline has passed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and accommodations will be made through March. For more details, please click here.
Events by Month
ACCJ events are for ACCJ members and their guests only. To learn more about becoming an ACCJ member, see the Membership section of this site or contact the Membership Services Department at: email@example.com
or (03) 3433-7304
Event registrations and cancellations cannot be accepted by phone. Please access the ACCJ Member Data Center to register for events or to cancel your registration.
Note to Corporate
Sustaining Members and Company Members:
To redeem new member benefits such as free events or delegate attendance, please email the Membership Services Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org