Marika KishimotoSenior Associate
She has also been supporting other projects, such as in financial communications, including cross-border M&A transactions.
Marika joined Kekst CNC Tokyo as an Associate in July 2015. Her work primarily focuses on corporate communications for multinational companies as well as on digital communications. She has also been supporting other projects, such as in financial communications, including cross-border M&A transactions.
Between 2012 and 2015, Marika worked in corporate communications for the German specialty chemical company LANXESS. Her main focus areas were digital and marketing communications.
Marika has a BA in English with a special focus on communications from Tsuda University.
Prior to 2015, she worked for a major Australian serviced rental office provider in Tokyo.
As she has lived in the United States for more than six years, she is fully bicultural and bilingual in English and Japanese.
Q&A with Marika
What advice do you have for aspiring communications professionals?
Have confidence in your experience and knowledge, but don’t forget to be flexible and open-minded as well, because all clients and projects are different.
What do you enjoy most about working at Kekst CNC? How does working at Kekst CNC challenge you?
Being able to support various clients from various industries, each with different strengths and challenges for PR activities. I also enjoy being able to expand our network with all sorts of media, each with their specialized industries, through supporting such a diverse range of clients.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your career?
My best friend; we have been best friends since I was 8 years old. She was there to give me insights when I got my first “grown-up” job and encourage me when making career moves also when I decided to work for Kekst CNC!
What do you like most about Kekst CNC?
The international network of teams which spans the whole globe and which has strong expertise in local markets.
What charity is closest to your heart?
Japan for UNHCR, which supports activities by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). I interned at UNHCR and learned a lot about refugees. An inspirational speaker once said “Accepting refugees is a mirror of society: it tests how society is truly able to accept people of various backgrounds and help others in need.”