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Over the course of the 20th century, people became consumers, as well as being workers, neighbors and voters. Today, we are seeing an emergence a different breed of consumers. Whereas its 20th century breed were geographically more concentrated in North America and in Europe, the new kinds are more geographically dispersed, more intent on ensuring that what they buy reflects what they believe, and most of all, tech-savvy.

The transformation was already progressing pre-covid, but it took on a warp speed during the pandemic. Consumer-facing industries were forced to roll out changes originally scheduled to take years to implement and dish out changes that are more experimental, as there was no time for careful planning. After one year of scrambling to keep up, it is time for business leaders to review what's working and what's not. Join us as we explore the latest consumer and retail trends in the world and in Japan.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


8 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Networking
8:30 AM - 10 AM
Discussion and Breakfast


The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo : 2F Ballroom

9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka,
Minato ku, Tokyo, Japan

If you have any questions please contact ECN North Asia

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  • Jerome Chouchan (CEO of Godiva Japan)

    Jerome Chouchan

    CEO of Godiva Japan

    Mr. Chouchan has more than 25 years’ experience of luxury brand management in international markets, and more particularly in Japan and Asia. He is currently CEO of Godiva Japan since June 2010, and manages the markets of Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Manufacture Belge de Chocolats.
    Since he joined, the Japan business tripled its size in 7 years, through successful launching of innovative products, creative marketing strategy, and a multi-channel distribution strategy that cater various consumer needs.
    He was Managing Director for Japan and Asia, for Lladro, the famous Spanish porcelain brand. During his term, the Lladro Japan business had grown over 40 % and he had successfully launched unique dolls products such as Hina Ninghyo and Waka Musha that have delighted Japanese consumers.
    Previously, he was in France for the L.V.M.H Group, as Business Development Director of Hennessy (Cognac) with the responsibility of both the Japanese Business Unit and the Hennessy Training & Promotion Division. Before entering LVMH, he joined the Lacoste Group (clothing brand) and held in 1999 the position of North Asia Regional Director, based in Tokyo. In his earlier career, he initiated also the startup of brand business in Asia and Japan, for the French High Jewelry brand "Mellerio dits Meller" and the French Government Mint "Monnaie de Paris".

    Fluent in Japanese, he is one of the few foreign trustees of the renowned Keizai Doyukai (Japanese Association of Corporate Executives). He is also presently a Board Director of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and French Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

    His book “Target” has been widely praised in Japan since its publication in February 2016. It was published in English in April 2018. “Target” is a unique approach to management and leadership, taking inspiration from the wisdom of the ancient Japanese martial art of Kyudo- The Way of the Bow. It is also translated in French in 2019. In 2019, his second book “Hataraku koto wo Tanoshimou – Let’s change and transform together” which tells new approach of working way, was published.

    He is currently a Board Director of the Kyudo International Federation and holds a Kyudo Renshi (Instructor license) and a 5th Dan degree.

    Mr. Chouchan, has a Master in Management from the French Leading Business School: HEC Paris.

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  • Felix Langenbach (CFO Japan at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton KK)

    Felix Langenbach

    CFO Japan at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton KK

    Felix Langenbach is CFO and head of business development at LVMH Japan. Prior to this role Felix held various leadership positions in leading consumer good and technology companies. Felix lived and traveled to several countries which led him to appreciate German cars, the Bayern Munich soccer team, French humor, the nature in California and Japanese food. Felix is energized by solving complex problems, is comfortable with ambiguity and gets his share of new experiences with 3 little kids at home.

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  • Naoko Matsuda (Founder and CEO of bestat K.K.)

    Naoko Matsuda

    Founder and CEO of bestat K.K.


    After Working for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and its research department, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) for more than fifteen years, she founded an academic lab spin-off, bestat K.K based on the technology of deep learning, image recognition AI, dedicated to deploying AI solution to create a brand new user experience.. She earned MA from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Engineering from the Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Tokyo University.

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  • Kentaro Suzuki (Director - Japan of Euromonitor International)

    Kentaro Suzuki

    Director - Japan of Euromonitor International

    Kentaro Suzuki is Director/Country Manager of Euromonitor International in Japan. Kentaro founded Euromonitor’s Japan office in 2010. He is responsible for providing various and cutting-edge market research solutions focused on consumer behavior and fast moving goods and services to support clients with their business decisions both in Japan and abroad. Prior to Euromonitor, he worked at international printing and linguistic services companies. He is fluent in Japanese and English. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics at Weber State University in the US.

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  • Takuji Okubo (Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Takuji Okubo

    Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

    Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

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