Ryuichi “Rio” Kanemaki

Managing Director

Office Address

GCA Corporation
Pacific Century Place Marunouchi
11-1 Marunouchi 1-Chome
Tokyo 100-6230

T: +81 (3) 6212-7100


Ryuichi “Rio” Kanemaki is a Managing Director at GCA.

He has over 20 years of experience in strategy consulting focusing on growth strategy, globalization strategy, new business development, digital marketing strategy, post merger integration (PMI), at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and PwC Consulting (currently IBM global business services).

Prior to joining GCA, Rio spent 10 years at IBM as vice president in charge of the Strategy Consulting Group and the Globalization Service “Go-Global” initiative lead.

For IBM’s PC business divestment to Lenovo in 2004, he engaged in the program as Japan team lead and completed the full scope of tasks within 3 months. The PMI methodology developed for this effort has been utilized since for more than 20 PMI projects.

Rio engaged in several reinvention programs at IBM. He invented the “BVA” (Business Value Accelerator), a brand new marketing model which contributed to many successes in Japanese business and was applied to IBM globally as the standard marketing method and process.

Rio graduated from Waseda University and received his master’s degree in Operation Research from Waseda graduate school of science and technology.

Rio is a guest professor at Keio University, SDM graduate school Director at Universal Communication and Design Association Columnist at Nikkei Business on line.

He jointly published “The curve out”, “The seven chapters for Innovation” and “The challenge for a smarter planet” in Japan, among others.

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