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Date of publication: Jul 2, 2018

Anthony Mayes

Area Director of Sales & Marketing, Tokyo
IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan
anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/en

Date of birth: Jan. 10, 1964

Hometown: Rossendale Valley, United Kingdom

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): Less than 1 (as of July 2018)

Anthony Mayes
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first encounter with Japan was a business trip to Tokyo from Sydney in the mid-'90s. The most enduring memory from that trip was at the end of the visit when all the colleagues I had been meeting with lined up along the pavement and bowed respectfully as my car pulled away. Amazing!

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

I have two mottos that guide me. One important one is to treat every person as I would like to be treated myself. Another is to see all things from another's point of view, not just my own. In the commercial world, who you are and how you should behave are tested frequently. I believe that it´s essential to remain grounded and respectful.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I'm most proud of having had the opportunity to positively influence the successful careers of several colleagues who, at some stage, have spent time in one of the teams I've led. Many of these people now hold senior roles — some above me — which is truly inspiring. When I hear them demonstrate the things they learned and the values they retained following their time with me, I feel genuinely proud.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My goals for my time in Japan are all centered on building success by creating harmony and balance in both Japanese and Western working styles. In my area of the business, both styles being executed well is absolutely necessary. I've spent a great deal of time questioning and learning to better understand how this harmony can best function for the benefit of my colleagues, our guests, as well as our owners.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

The best advice I can give to those working in Japan is to never forget how fortunate we are to have this opportunity to experience such a unique culture. The best advice I could give for life in Japan is to take every opportunity to eat Japanese food. The food here is absolutely fantastic and for me, plays a major part in my enjoyment of this amazing country.

Last updated: Sep 7, 2018