Pacific Communicators > LEADERS

Thomas R. Zengage, Chairman & CEO
Thomas R. Zengage graduated from Columbia College at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he studied Chinese. After attending an MA program in Japanese studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, he earned his MBA there as well. Fluent in Japanese, Zengage has had an extensive career in public relations (PR), investor relations (IR), and strategy consulting in Japan, working on behalf of leading corporations and other organizations. He was previously CEO and principal shareholder of IBI, Inc., Japan's pioneering PR, IR, and strategy consultancy firm. He sold IBI the to LSE-traded WPP Group, and became CEO of WPP's Ogilvy Public Relations (Japan). Zengage later served as CEO of the Japan subsidiary of Edelman Public Relations, the world's leading independent PR agency. He established consultancy Pacific Communicators, Inc. to specialize in value-added strategic communications and stakeholder management. Zengage founded Investor Impact, Inc. to offer the latest IR strategic consultancy services that strengthen relationships between Japanese issuers and global stakeholders, thereby boosting return on IR. Writing in Japanese, he is the author of the book "Sore Demo Yen No Seiki" (Tokyo: Kodansha), which contains an analysis of the long-term factors driving Japan's economy.

Rika Sumi, President, Investor Impact, Inc.
After graduating from Japan's Senshu University, Rika Sumi began her career in the finance division of a well-known Japanese entertainment company. Sumi next joined a Tokyo investor relations consulting firm and subsequently entered a U.S. financial consulting firm. Sumi is an expert in consulting on IR strategy development, beneficial ownership surveys, corporate awareness and reputation surveys, investor announcements and meetings, investor visit and analyst coverage promotion, proxy voting, IR program Key Performance Indicator tracking, and other support. As client-side IR experience, Sumi served as an Investor Relations Officer (IRO) in charge of a mobile telecommunications systems company's 2001 Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Mothers Section. In November 2004, Sumi founded IR consulting firm Theoria Co., Ltd., and in December 2012, she became a founding Representative Director and Vice President of Investor Impact, Inc. While working as a professional IR consultant, Sumi earned her M.A. in commerce from Senshu University. Currently matriculated in that university's Ph.D. program, her research topics involve corporate governance, corporate IR strategy, and measurement of IR program effectiveness. Her professional affiliations include memberships in the Japan Investor Relations Association, the Japan Academic Society of Investor Relations, and the Association of Behavioral Economics and Finance.