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Kyoko Matsushita Named Essence’s First Global Chief Client Officer

Kyoko Matsushita will become Essence’s first Global Chief Client Officer. Matsushita, who is currently APAC CEO, will continue to oversee the region for the agency while transitioning into her new role.

As Global Chief Client Officer, Matsushita will join Global CEO Christian Juhl, Global Chief Operating Officer Steve Williams, Global Chief Talent Officer Jennifer Remling, Global Chief Strategy Officer Damian Blackden, and Global Chief of Product Operations Rich Mooney on the Global Leadership Team. Matsushita will be responsible for evolving and nurturing Essence’s Global Client Services Practice, overseeing the quality of work, boosting organic account growth, and collaborating on new business initiatives.

Matsushita first joined Essence in 2014 to lead the APAC region for the agency. Over the last five years, she has driven the rapid expansion of Essence’s business across APAC and overseen the establishment of offices in Bengaluru, Delhi, Jakarta, Melbourne, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. In 2018, Matsushita was honored with the “CEO of the Year” Certificate of Excellence at Campaign Asia-Pacific’s Women Leading Change Awards for her success building Essence’s business in the region. Prior to Essence, Matsushita led client-side marketing teams at companies including Electronic Arts and Sony. She has more than two decades’ experience overseeing media, marketing, business development and operations across EMEA and APAC.

“Kyoko’s experience working across media, creative, and marketing will continue to be extremely critical as we work with our clients to solve increasingly complex marketing challenges,” said Christian Juhl, Global CEO of Essence. “Kyoko has demonstrated outstanding business and client leadership in her time at Essence. She is the perfect individual to take on this role and take our client services teams to the next stage.”

“Essence’s client centricity is what has helped us develop such a compelling offering in the marketplace,” commented Matsushita. “Because our teams are deeply involved in the evolution of our product offering, we're able to adapt our services and processes to meet changes in our clients’ needs more quickly. I’m excited to work with our senior client services team as we groom the next generation of marketing leaders at Essence.”