John Ward, President, Corporate Director
A former McKinsey & Co. consultant, Mr. Ward, an American, has more than 30 years’ experience advising clients in the food and agribusiness sectors. His background includes executive vice president of Promar International and president of Ward International in Washington DC and previously as a senior executive in several major companies and organizations throughout the USA.
Rie Yoshida, Administrator, Corporate Director
Ms. Yoshida represented Promar in Japan for 10 years prior to the opening of the Tokyo office. She and Mr. Ward are the founders of Promar Consulting. Previously she was market research manager for Pro Global Inc. and an Account Executive at Burson-Marsteller, the largest US public relations firm.
Junko Hayashida, Promotion Manager, Research Analyst, Coordinator of Promotion
Ms. Hayashida has long experience working with South American and Spanish products in Japan. Prior to joining Promar she was an analyst and project coordinator for the Embassy of Argentina and a graduate of Sophia University, specializing in Hispanic studies. Junko is fluent in Japanese, Spanish and English.
Maho Sakuramoto, Coordinator of Promotion
Ms. Sakuramoto has a 20-year career as a producer in the advertising industry and prior to joining Promar, worked for the largest Japanese and global advertising agencies, Hakuhodo and Leo Burnett. She played a lead role in the planning of major domestic/international ad campaigns for various Japanese and global companies and coordinated with worldwide teams to produce the ad contents. She also has experience working as a coordinator in Spain. Graduated from Tsuda College and is fluent in Japanese, Spanish, and English.
Paul Tsai, Senior Consultant, Marketing Manager
Mr. Tsai, a Canadian, worked for the marketing division for PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining Promar Consulting. With Promar he has researched the functional food market in Japan and conducted several analyses of the Japanese seafood trade. Currently, Paul oversees the marketing activities of Promar. Born in Taiwan and raised in the U.S. and Canada, Paul is fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin.
Ivan Cardenas, Senior Consultant
Born in Lima, Peru, Mr. Cardenas has an MA in International Development from the University of Nagoya. He has previously worked for the Spanish Embassy in Japan, the Embassy of Japan in Chile, the General-Consulate of Japan in Miami and the Enterprise Florida Tokyo Office. His research has focused on economic and trade issues between Japan and Latin America including agricultural exports, tariff issues, FTA analysis and foreign investment. Ivan has coordinated emergency financial aid from the Japanese government to Chile and also organized many trade missions from Spain to Japan. He is a native Spanish and Japanese speaker and fluent in English.
Mari Uema, Research Analyst
Ms. Uema has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg College in the U.S. with a major in Economics and minor in Mathematics and International Relations. At Promar, she is currently working on a project for the Norwegian Seafood Council. She is fluent in Japanese and English.