L’Oréal Japan CDO Tsuguhide Nagase Named Japan Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2017 by CDO Club Japan

Jun Kamo presenting the Japan Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2017 Award to Tsuguhide Nagase

Tsuguhide Nagase, CDO at L’Oréal Japan, was recognized today as the first-ever Japan Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2017 by the CDO Club.

Mr. Nagase was presented with the award at the 2nd annual Tokyo CDO Summit hosted at the JP Tower Hall & Conference by Jun Kamo, CEO and Founder CDO Club Japan, and David Mathison, CEO and Founder CDO Club Global.

After receiving the award, Mr. Nagase remarked, “As Mark Zuckerberg says ‘This journey is only 1% finished,’ and I am honored to have been part of the new journey for CDO Club Japan. I would like to thank Mr. Jun Kamo and the CDO Club Japan members for all the support and inspiration over the last year. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my boss, Mr. Jerome Bruhat, CEO Nihon L’Oreal Japan for being the first person to hire a CDO in Japan and for enabling me to challenge the norm and try things that we have never done before.”

Japan CDO of the Year 2017 Tsuguhide Nagase

This is the first year the award has been given in Japan. The CDO Club has been giving the CDO of the Year award since 2013, and Mr. Nagase joins previous CDO of the Year award winners from the US, UK, EU, and ANZ.

In October 2015, Mr. Nagase joined L’Oréal Japan as Chief Digital Officer and as a member of the executive management committee.

In addition to L’Oréal, Mr. Nagase has held leadership roles at both large incumbents such as KDDI, JWT, Unilever Japan, and Nu Skin; as well as at startups, including tenures at two of the world’s largest social media platforms as Head of Instagram Japan, and Brand Business Development-Client Partner for Global Marketing Solutions APAC at Facebook.

Mr. Nagase earned his Bachelor’s degree in Policy Studies & Philosophical Law in 2000 from Chuo University.

The Selection Committee Members for the Japan CDO of The Year award, 2017 included:

  • Dr. Taro Kamioka: Professor, The Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University and an Advisor of CDO Club Japan
  • Jun Kamo: Founder and CEO of CDO Club Japan
  • David Mathison: Founder and CEO, CDO Summit and CDO Club Global
  • Masahiro Shido: Editor in chief of Digital Cross, Impress
  • Tetsushi Umezu: Board of Directors of CDO Club Japan

Delegates filled the room at the 2nd annual Tokyo CDO Summit hosted at the JP Tower Hall & Conference

Previous U.S. Chief Digital Officer of the Year award winners include Thomas Hjelm, Chief Digital Officer at NPR (2017); Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Officer at GE (2016); Adam Brotman, Chief Digital Officer at Starbucks Coffee Company (2015); Rachel S. Haot, former Chief Digital Officer of New York City and New York State (2014); and Teddy Goff, former Digital Director at Obama for America (2013).

Previous U.K. CDO of the Year award winners include Bertrand Bodson, former Chief Digital & Marketing Officer at Sainsbury’s Argos (2016); Tanya Cordrey, former Chief Digital Officer at Guardian News & Media (2015); and Mike Bracken, former Chief Digital Officer at U.K.’s Government Digital Service (2014).

The E.U. CDO of the Year award winner of 2015 was Patrick Hoffstetter, former Chief Digital Officer at Renault.

Previous ANZ CDO of the Year award winners include Clive Dickens, Chief Digital Officer at Seven West Media (2017); Rebekah Horne, Chief Digital Officer at National Rugby League (2016).

Tsuguhide Nagase, CDO at L’Oréal Japan, receiving the Japan Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2017 Award

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