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Harry Hill is Outside Director and Member of the Board, New Business Development, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc., a branding and media company which created and operates Shop Japan.
He brings with him a wealth of experience related to educational and cultural exchange and entrepreneurship, having lived and worked in Japan for nearly thirty years. Mr. Hill served as a participant on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme and its precursor program, the Monbusho English Fellows from 1987-1990 in Gifu Prefecture.
Mr. Hill joined Oak Lawn Marketing in 1999, and became president in 2006. Building on the increased exposure and credibility of successful products, Mr. Hill has steadily increased revenue from JPY17 billion in 2006 to JPY616 billion in 2012. Mr. Hill is widely regarded as an inspirational and strong operational leader in Japan and in the direct marketing industry.
Other business accomplishments include establishment of the successful venture H&R Consultants, which he founded in 1991 with Robert Roche (founder of Oak Lawn Marketing, 1993). In April of 2009, Hill initiated and led the negotiations resulting in the merger and became the first non-Japanese president and CEO of a NTT Docomo subsidiary.
In 2010 he was appointed to the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. From September 2012 through 2013, Hill served as chairman of the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA). This was the first time a non-United States company representative chaired the ERA, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his business activities, Mr. Hill is involved in numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, including the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation. Mr. Hill presides as Chairman of the Hope International Development Agency, Japan, and was instrumental in creating the OLM x HOPE = Genki Japan Fund. Within two weeks of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, the fund raised over JPY150 million, and over 500 tons of emergency goods were delivered to neglected shelters. Mr. Hill is also an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan. He has served as Chubu Governor, Special Advisor and is currently the Chairman of the External Affairs Committee (Chubu) and Co-Chair of the CEO Forum.
Mr. Hill attended Cornell University, graduating with a BA in English Literature in 1985. He is married with five children. He lives in Nagakute City, a suburb of Nagoya. Among Mr. Hill’s personal accomplishments is lead branch instructor for the Nagakute branch of Shorinji Kempo (He holds a 5th degree black belt). Mr. Hill also competes in kickboxing tournaments.