- H&M Japan
Date of birth: July 28, 1974
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1.5 (as of July 2018)
At the age of 12 while I was living with my parents and brother in Hong Kong, my father was given the opportunity to work closely with Japan through their partners here. This became my first real encounter. However, it wasn’t until I was asked to move here in mid-2016 by H&M that I visited for the first time.
I try to live my life along three central ideas that I guess you could call my mottos.
First of all, be a good person and treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
Second, always challenge yourself. It makes you grow as person and it develops you and ensures that you’re always in motion.
Finally, collect experiences rather than things. People and places are always more enriching than things.
In life, my family. In my career it’s the opportunity to come here to Japan and grow H&M. It’s an honor and an opportunity to be able to work in and experience such a rich culture and its people. I’m also very proud to have been able to develop and help employees in their careers. Colleagues that now live and work with H&M all over the world.
I wish to make H&M part of every Japanese household and family. Allow Japanese families to use clothes and fashion to express their personalities and moods. I wish to build a brand that will last for generations to come. Finally, I want to head a company where women and men have equal opportunities and responsibilities; a company whereall employees can grow and develop as H&M grows and develops.
Listen twice as much as you speak. Always be yourself. And have fun!
Also, when in Japan take the time to see as much of this beautiful country as possible. All the way from Hokkaido to Okinawa.