PROVIDENCE, RI and TOKYO, Japan (January 5, 2004) - Health Strategy Consulting, LLC (HSC), a global advisor for business strategy to major food, chemical, pharmaceutical, and nutrition companies, has opened an office in a suburb of Tokyo, Japan. It was announced today by HSC Managing Director Tom Clough.
The new office, known as HSC Japan, will be run by Takeshi Takeda, managing director, with whom HSC has worked with over the past four years. “We have been growing our business within Japan since 2000,” states Mr. Clough, who notes that international business currently represents 65% of HSC’s client portfolio. “This strong growth has created a need to provide more local account management for Japanese companies seeking help in their own markets, as well as understanding markets outside of the country,” states Mr. Clough. “Opening a local office provides a great position to help further non-Japanese clients seeking knowledge of the Japanese market.”
Mr. Takeda brings nearly twenty years of industry experience and an outstanding global network. He has significant knowledge about the industry including technologies, ingredients, regulations, industrial systems, as well as channel and marketing strategies. Previously, Takeda was responsible for business development, new product planning and development, and international business at Sunny Health Co., Ltd of Tokyo, where he started up a new division and established strong global information and sourcing networks. He also focused his attention on business-academia collaboration that aimed to find early stage technologies.
Prior to Sunny Health, Takeshi spent twelve years at Api Co. Ltd. and was involved in various types of business ranging from sales of honey and royal jelly ingredients, the start-up of an operation in China, and developing and marketing channel-specific health foods.
Takeshi received his undergraduate degree in health Science from Azubu University and his MBA from Hosei Business School.
The new HSC Japan office effort was due to collaboration between Clough and Takeda, born from a common view of the market opportunity plus a shared approach in bringing value to clients. According to Takeda, “I am excited to join forces with Tom Clough and HSC. I know from experience that they offer services and capabilities that cannot be matched in this industry. The fact that they produce measurable results for clients is a key differentiator. HSC has established an excellent business foundation with Japan and I will be working hard to build the HSC Japan brand to bring a global perspective to help clients.”
In addition to building relationships with existing clients, HSC Japan will focus on two key initiatives: providing a focused report to Japanese companies on the U.S. contract manufacturing market; and preparation of the Health Strategy Network (HSN) Executive Conference series to be held in Tokyo on May 20-22, 2004.
“Our purpose since the inception of this business has been to create a company that can offer strategic advice and support in ways that others cannot,” notes Mr. Clough. “Two key components of this strategy are building an intensely focused knowledge base on the nutrition industry and its competitive environment, and establishing an unmatched and proprietary network. The creation of this office in Japan is a huge step forward in these areas.”
For more information about the Health Strategy Network Executive Conference series, including registration details for the upcoming Tokyo Conference, visit http://www.health-strategy.com/confseries.html.
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ABOUT HEALTH STRATEGY CONSULTING (HSC)
Headquartered in Providence, RI (USA) with a satellite office in Melbourne, Australia, and an office in Tokyo, Japan, HSC is comprised of a group of professionals with expertise in research, development and implementation of health-based strategies for food, chemical, pharmaceutical, and nutrition companies. With global knowledge ranging from technology development and ingredient manufacturing to licensing and retailing, the firm provides customized consulting services including strategic development and implementation, market overviews and research, partnering, and specialized industry reporting and workshops. For more information including sample projects and global experience, visit www.health-strategy.com. HSC USA phone: +1-401-270-0760.
Takeshi Takeda, Managing Director
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