Ajab SamraiChief Creative Officer
Ogilvy & Mather (Japan) GK
Ajab started his career in 1987 at Saatchi & Saatchi London when the agency was at its zenith. The legendary Executive Creative Director Paul Arden hired him.
He became one of the youngest Creative Group Heads in the history of the company and went on to work on some of the world’s biggest brands across multiple disciplines holding positions as Regional Creative Director and Global Creative Director on Sony, British Airways, General Mills, T-Mobile, Visa, Pampers and Vodafone.
He was also responsible for winning 200 million pounds worth of new business for Saatchi with his creative work.
In the early 90’s he was a pioneer in anti-racist communications in the UK and beyond, with his much awarded controversial government work for The Commission For Racial Equality.
His contribution in this field was further recognized in 1997 when he was presented with an award in the British Houses Of Parliament.
Ajab has always led from the front and is also one of the most awarded Creative Directors in the business with over 100 National and International awards at D&AD, Cannes, The Clios, Epica, Euro best, Creative Circle, Campaign and The One Show.
Leo ShiinaChief Operating Officer
Ogilvy & Mather (Japan) GK
Leo started his Finance career as a Finance Analyst at a multi-national company. Since then, he moved to Deloitte Consulting with an emphasis on business process reengineering and spent the majority of his time focusing on Finance & Accounting processes. He is also experienced in Sarbanes Oxley implementations.
He joined Ogilvy & Mather in 2006 as a Finance Manager and assumed the current post from 2017.
Ogilvy & Mather Japan Group
Jack Mickle is an international advertising executive with deep experience in the U.S. and Asia.
Jack expanded Saatchi & Saatchi Japan working with companies like Toyota, Starbucks, Diageo and Callaway Golf among others. While managing the international coordination of thirty markets with Toyota and Lexus relationships, Jack also led Toyota’s first-ever global advertising effort for the introduction of the second generation Prius.
He then went on to found his own full service agency in Los Angeles, Nucleus Worldwide which served as Agency of Record for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, 3-Day Blinds and as Digital AOR for Suzuki Automotive.
Naoko ItoHead of Planning
Ogilvy & Mather Japan
As a veteran of local and global marketing with more than 20 years, Naoko manages strategic planning for the major clients and also leads strategic side of the agency business. She has worked on a number of iconic brands which cover a range of categories such as technology, financial services, FMCG such as skin/hair care and soft drinks.
Naoko joined Ogilvy & Mather Japan as a planner in 1999 and became Planning Director in 2011. She also worked at Ogilvy & Mather India, New Delhi office for a year.
Prior to Ogilvy, Naoko led the marketing activities of foreign beer brands such as Budweiser and Heineken, and imported winesat Kirin Brewery Company. She also worked at Price Waterhouse & Coopers as a business consultant specialized in marketing.
She holds a master degree at Colombia University.
Books she authored include the "Global Branding"(2014).
Masahiro SaitoExecutive Director
Ogilvy & Mather Japan GK
Masahiro started his advertising career at the Tokyu Agency International in 1994. In 2002, he became Executive Director of Sales at Beacon Communications where he was in charge of new business. He successfully converted many new business pitches, which helped him play a major part in the company’s most financially successful period since its inception.
In 2007, he joined Grey Worldwide, and became the Managing Director of G2 Tokyo and ultimately the COO of Grey Worldwide.
At Grey Worldwide, he restructured the organization and enhanced the reputation of the company across all disciplines, including planning, production and specifically digital across all the new media channels.
Masahiro joined I&S BBDO Japan in 2012 whiere he developed and managed the process of implementing a new company wide strategy geared towards company growth as an Executive Business Development Director. He focused on the online side of the business, establishing this part of the company from scratch.
David RittenhouseRepresentative Director
As Representative Director of Neo@Ogilvy in Japan, it is David’s job to continuously grow and transform the digital media team within the agency.
David is a founding member of Neo@Ogilvy, joining as one of the first employees when it was formed in 2006. David has planned and executed integrated media programs for clients in consumer and business technology, automotive, finance, luxury and mobile telecommunications.
His favorite part of his job is working with media companies of all types to solve client marketing communication challenges in creative, effective ways. In 2015, David was a judge for the APAC EFFIE Awards and a speaker at Ad:Tech Tokyo International. In 2014, he was a TED Ads Worth Spreading advisor.
David moved to Tokyo from Ogilvy New York, where he worked for 10 years. Prior to that he worked in London for Mindshare and San Francisco for McCann-Erickson.
David studied Mass Media Research at University of Colorado in Boulder. His favorite David Ogilvy quote is: “Never stop testing and your advertising will never stop improving.”
Fred KendallManaging Director
Hogarth & Ogilvy Inc.
Fred is a marketing professional with over 30 years global branding and advertising experience. Based in Tokyo since 2000, he and his teams have worked with a number of local and international clients. From 2010 until recently, as CEO oversaw all aspects of Brandimage/Sandbox’s design and branding operations in Tokyo. Core clients for this office included Kirin Brewery, Danone Japan, Colgate-Palmolive, JT, Nissan and Infiniti Motor Corporation. Prior to this, Fred was with Omnicom’s TBWA and BBDO global agency networks. He lead advertising and strategy teams working on global Nissan/Infiniti businesses, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Allianz Life Insurance, Daimler Chrysler and MARS. In the mid-1990’s, Fred was the marketing manager for the Lexus Division and executive assistant to the president of Toyota Motor Sales, USA.
Fred is a graduate of the University of Washington business school (MBA - 1992) and Wabash College (BA - 1981).