Kenichi Sugitani

Kenichi Sugitani

Home country:
Japan
Industry Background:
Sales, Food Services

What's your work professional background?

I entered the alcohol beverage industry 32 years ago, with an aspiration to succeed in the food service business. Since then, fortunately, I have experienced various workplaces and positions. In roles ranging from an on-premise sales representative to director of food service, I have worked in companies in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Japan. Now, I'm working in a sales support team to  help business clients who want to develop their businesses abroad.

What made you decide to do an MBA? Why the GLOBIS MBA?

When I was working for the food service subsidiaries in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Japan, I got a lot of valuable experience. However, I regret that I could have accelerated the business faster if I had had more business management knowledge and  better English communication skills. So, I looked for an opportunity to get practical experience and found the GLOBIS English MBA courses in Tokyo, close to my current office. I applied for a trial course and dove into the Pre-MBA course at the beginning of 2018. Although the classes I had were quite tough for me, there were a lot of opportunities to discuss with classmates and faculty in classes, study sessions, and online discussion boards. That led me to realize that taking this GLOBIS MBA course is the best option to acquire both practical management and English communication skills.

What can you tell me about the other students in the program?

There are many aspirations, passions, and diversified backgrounds. I do many exchanges with them to discuss not only classes but also foreign culture. They are younger than me and I always feel I have to be proactive to catch up with them. It has become a pleasure for me.

Since starting your MBA program, have you had an opportunity to apply what you learned at work?

Many things. Firstly, I could change my mind-set in communication with foreign people with my new insight into different culture backgrounds. It was what I learnt in English Management Training and Leadership Development, Ethics and Values classes. Secondly, I came to apply the way of thinking from Critical Thinking and many frameworks from Marketing and Strategy. And, most importantly, I am applying the organization development process into my team to perform better.    

What are your plans after the MBA? Do you intend to stay in the same industry or do a career pivot?

I don’t have a concrete plan, but I still have an aspiration in the food service industry. I wish I could create a new business to introduce our food culture to the world by gathering buddies who also have aspirations to make better the quality of life by serving something new.