Age of Pacific Seminar Series: Katherine Melchior Ray, the Vice President Marketing of Tommy Hilfiger Japan

The Portland State University School of Business Administration and the Master of International Management program will be presenting the Age of the Pacific Lecture Series next Monday, June 11, 2012.

Katherine Melchior Ray

The guest speaker is Katherine Melchior Ray, the Vice President of Tommy Hilfiger Japan . The lecture will run from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Smith Memorial Student Union (Room 236). Below is an overview of Ketherine’s background.

We will provide a review of the lecture later in the week, and look forward to seeing all the current MIM students and their guests on Monday evening! (RSVP on the MIM Facebook page)

Katherine Melchior Ray specializes in global marketing and business strategies in the fashion and luxury markets with 25 years of experience building brands internationally. She has worked on three continents and speaks five languages, so as to manage local teams while setting global strategy in marketing, business and product development.

Ms. Ray began her career in journalism with Japan’s largest media group. Fujisankei Communications International, producing and reporting on Japanese TV for 8 years in Tokyo and New York. She segued from journalism into business and arrived in Portland running international for Hanna Andersson and later U.S. women’s footwear for Nike. She spent 8 years in Europe and Asia managing international strategy and marketing for Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Having alternated between management roles and consulting, Ms. Ray returned to Portland in 2009 and divides her time between consulting and education. She is currently on a long-term assignment setting the market strategy for Tommy Hilfiger in Japan and managing its marketing team from Portland.

Ms. Ray has been a media spokesperson regarding international trade issues between the US and Asia, and has lectured on international business at Stanford, Brown, Wharton, and Portland State University. Ms. Ray received her A.B in History from Brown University in Providence, R.I. and studied at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. She currently sits on the Board of the Brown Alumni Association and councils Portland State University’s Center for Japanese Studies.

Jaraswan Jarasjaruwan or Pear is a full-time MIM student. She got a Bachelor’s of Science from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. After she graduated, she worked as an educational consultant in Thailand for 2 years. Pear chose to study international business at Portland State University because she is interested in the business field and also the reputation of the university. Currently, Pear is studying Chinese as a third language. Also, she will choose Global Marketing as her specialization in the Master of International Management program.

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