Kazumi Mechling, Senior Director of Corporate Communications & PR, Essentia Water
Kazumi is an experienced and innovative public relations and marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience in the U.S. and internationally, specifically Japan and the Asia Pacific region. Kazumi has specialized in developing brand positioning and messaging platforms, including thought leadership as well as leading executive communications for a range of consumer and technology companies from startups to Fortune 20 corporations. Kazumi is also a successful entrepreneur who founded and sold her own boutique firm in Tokyo, Japan to the world’s largest independent PR agency, Edelman.
Prior to joining Essentia Water, Kazumi was the CEO of a boutique marketing agency in the midst of a turnaround. She was responsible for leading a new client portfolio to represent specialty offerings in content marketing, social media and influencer programs for clients ranging from Microsoft and Alaska Airlines to Essentia and ecoATM. Previous to that role, Kazumi was President of the LA office for Cohn & Wolfe (Young & Rubicam, WPP). In her tenure there, she developed new consumer engagement offerings and led the teams on anchor accounts including game maker Ubisoft, Sony and Nokia mobile. During her 7-year tenure at Waggener Edstrom based in Seattle, Kazumi established and led the Consumer Marketing Practice managing and overseeing consumer accounts including T-Mobile, HTC, Canon and Microsoft Consumer. Previous to Waggener Edstrom, Kazumi was at Blanc & Otus/Hill & Knowlton and internet tech agency Niehaus Ryan (NRW) working at the forefront of the internet explosion with accounts such as CMP media, Drugstore.com, Hire.com and Yahoo!.
In her spare time, Kazumi has served on the board of WWIN (Washington Women in Need), Washington Mentors, La Grant Foundation and Conscious Leadership, CLC. She has been involved in fundraising for numerous nonprofit organizations including Special Olympics, Lenny Wilkins Foundation and the Lili Claire Fund. Kazumi was born in Yokosuka, Japan, where she spent her early years. She attended San Joaquin Delta College and began her career in marketing and public relations with Fujitsu in Santa Clara, California. She has a son, Lukas Ichiro and lives in Seattle, Washington.