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Cristian Vlad

President & CEO, JCE Japan Creative Enterprise

Talent & Engagement Associate Partner, IBM Global Business Services

GLOBIS Partner Faculty
A seasoned veteran of business transformation, organizational development, and innovation initiatives, Cristian is the president and CEO of JCE Japan Creative Enterprise, an agency which helps corporate teams transform their business and manage talent. Cristian has been advising global clients on the role of diversity, human capital, creativity and corporate communications as strategic business drivers to foster innovation and stimulate business growth. He is also an IBM Global Business Services consultant.
Prior to his current role, Cristian was project manager at Toyota Motor Corporation, where he led a team of advanced product development professionals within the Corporate Value Creation Department. He also consulted on numerous organizational changes, corporate rebranding, and transformation projects. Cristian holds an MA in International Relations from Hirosaki University and a dual BA in Communications and Foreign Language Education from the University of Bucharest.

Toyota Connected’s Keys to the Future

Are apps the answer to everything, or do human-based services still carry value?

Global Japan
FEB 8, 2019

Helsinki: Redefining Urban Growth through Design Thinking

For nearly two decades, Helsinki, Finland, has been gaining traction as a center of innovative urban growth. GLOBIS faculty Cristian Vlad interviews Anne Stenros, chief design officer of the City of Helsinki.

Career Success
JAN 31, 2019

Value through Co-creation at IBM

Senior Consultant Kyoko Kokusho at IBM advises clients around the world on talent operations, organization architecture, and executive development. GLOBIS faculty Cristian Vlad recently interviewed her on how she creates value for clients, employees, shareholders, and society.

Tech & Innovation
JAN 25, 2019

Innovation: A Matter of Mindset?

Is innovation rooted in technology, or can it be promoted by other means? In this interview led by GLOBIS faculty Cristian Vlad, Ryosuke Asakura of CaSy’s Corporate Design Division explains how his company is positioning itself for innovation that will impact society.

Global Japan
JAN 8, 2019

Diversity at NTT: How to Manage a Japanese Global Business in a Changing Age

​NTT is one of the top 10 telecommunications companies worldwide, and yet diversity remains a challenge. GLOBIS lecturer Cristian Vlad interviewed HR Senior Vice President Kyoko Yamamoto on the company’s globalization efforts and how mindset is key in today’s everchanging world.

Career Success
OCT 9, 2018

Cultivating Innovation as a Designer

Satosi Isiguro teaches Design Thinking at GLOBIS University. Cristian Vlad recently interviewed him about helping clients commit to innovation and pursuing creativity himself as a designer.

Career Success
SEP 3, 2018

The Toyota Way: Imitate, Improve, Innovate

Few companies have a reputation quite like Toyota, with a company philosophy so clearly defined and effective. Russ Bankson is…

Global Japan
AUG 27, 2018

Japan’s Unexpected Gateway to Europe

New hubs of entrepreneurship are popping up across the world, driven by advancements in technology and innovation. Daisuke Kudo is a Ph.D. candidate at Romania’s Babes Bolyai University, a sister university of GLOBIS. Mr. Kudo shared his observations on the rising tech savvy society in Transylvania—inspiration for more than Bram Stoker’s imagination!

Global Japan
MAR 27, 2018

Beyond the 2020 Olympics: Business Opportunities and the Future of Tokyo

A.T. Kearney Japan Chairman and Partner Tak Umezawa shares his participation in the NEXTOKYO Project and a vision for Tokyo…

IBM Japan: Innovation and The Courage to be Different

Cris Vlad met with Talent & Engagement Partner Hideki Ishida of IBM Japan to discuss how innovation occurs at his…