Akihiko Kubo becomes President of Ogilvy & Mather Japan GK

TOKYO, August 10, 2012 - Ogilvy & Mather Japan GK announced the appointment of Akihiko Kubo as President, effective on September 1, 2012. Kent Wertime, the current president, will take the post of Chairman.

Kubo joined Ogilvy & Mather GK as Executive Vice President in May in 2012. Together with Wertime, he has applied his extensive marketing communications experience, spanning nearly three decades in the industry, to promote the business of Ogilvy & Mather in Japan. As President, Kubo will continue to drive business expansion by leveraging the considerable resources of the Ogilvy & Mather Group around the world.

Kubo commented, “I am honored to be appointed as the first Japanese president of Ogilvy & Mather Japan. Backed by the tremendous strength and energy of this Group, as shown in our recent recognition as Network Agency of the Year at The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, I am confident we can fulfill our mission of continuing to provide our clients with world-class, best-practice services.”

Wertime will continue to be based in Tokyo and focus on the growth of the Ogilvy & Mather Japan Group as Chairman and as COO of Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific.

For more information, please contact Shima Hayashi, Group Development Manager, Ogilvy & Mather Japan GK at +81-3-5791-8881 or shima.hayashi@ogilvy.com

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Contact: Shima Hayashi
Date: August 10, 2012
Office: Tokyo