Kotaro plays dual roles as leader of the Organization Practice in Japan as well as co-leader of the Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) and Organization practices for Asia.
His strategic work centers on developing growth strategies in the era of globalizing markets and supporting design-to-value product development-improvement efforts. His Organization contributions include helping companies achieve transformational change and build critical capabilities, such as customer-insight analytics.
Recent engagements in the consumer-goods and retail sector included assisting a top HR officer of a retailer in drafting the company’s HR vision and strategy, helping gain alignment for both among the top management team. Kotaro previously played a similar role in counseling the CEO of a large consumer-goods company in shaping his global vision and helping design and launch the transformation program required to accelerate its global growth.
Enhancing product-development processes is a focus of much of Kotaro's work in the high-tech and telecom sectors, both of which depend upon launching innovative products. In this area, Kotaro recently supported a mobile operator in developing its smartphone strategy, including partnerships to deliver cloud-based services. He has also worked with multiple electronics companies to introduce new organization structures, methodologies, and capabilities to accelerate the product-development process and better integrate customer insights.
Kotaro’s expertise and experience with product development and customer insight has made him a thought leader and mentor in those areas, and a continuing contributor to McKinsey’s research into the consumer decision journey.
|The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
|University of Tokyo
||BA in law