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DCCJ September Who's Who in town! Introducing Ms. Keiko Inuzuka, President, ECCO Japan Co., Ltd.

Date September 3, 2014

The DCCJ is proud to introduce

Ms. Keiko Inuzuka

President of ECCO Japan Co., Ltd.

In our monthly Who's Who Special, The DCCJ would very much like to introduce Ms. Keiko Inuzuka, President of ECCO Japan Co., Ltd. Executive Director, Kim Knudsen, had the opportunity t have a brief interview with her.

KK: Tell us about yourself

I am a sales and marketing specialist who has worked for American Express, a U.S. Management Consulting firm, Kurt Salmon Associates for 8 years, and since 2009, had been running my own consulting firm assisting overseas brands to launch in Japan. I also assist overseas brands already in Japan with their current business issues. I have been working very closely with Danish companies, small and large since 2008. I was the President of George Jensen Japan and more recently joined ECCO Japan as the President of the company. It has been extremely exciting working for ECCO.  


KK: What is Ecco all about?

More than 350 million pairs of ECCO shoes have walked the earth since 1963, when Karl Toosbuy founded the company in Denmark. ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process – from leather production through manufacturing in its own factories and all the way to its stores. ECCO’s Scandinavian design philosophy, “The shoe must follow the foot”, is guiding the company.  ECCO creates high-comfort, functional, stylish shoes and timeless bags, accessories, small leather goods and shoe care products. Still family owned, ECCO is headquartered in Denmark and employs more than 19,500 people of 57 nationalities worldwide. ECCO products can be found in the 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,700 other sales locations in more than 90 countries. In Japan, we currently have 38 doors and have plans to open more in the next 5 years.


KK: Have you been in other countries besides Japan?

Yes, I have lived overseas for a total of 10 years, in the U.S. (San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR) and Sydney, Australia

KK: What do you expect from DCCJ?

To learn about what other Danish companies do in Japan as well as learn more about Danish lifestyle, culture and food.

KK: What about your hobbies? What do you do when you are not sitting at your desk?

I love to travel. I have traveled to over 110 countries to date. My husband and I took 2 years off work in 2003 and traveled to 45 countries. Coincidentally, the shoes we cherished during our 2 year adventure was ECCO!

KK: If you a million Japanese Yen, what would you do?

I would probably distribute the cash to our staff so that they will work even harder!!

OR I would spend it on our travel overseas. I am very interested in going to Antarctica, or a diving trip in Malaysia or Palau.

KK: What is your favorite Danish dish?

My favorite dish is frikadeller with fresh fennel salad!



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