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Chiharu (Cara) Arai

Senior Engagement Director

Chiharu Arai has been senior engagement director for 3D Leadership, LLC since 2010. Prior to joining 3D Leadership, Ms. Arai was a vice president at Ken Clark International, an international retained executive search firm. There, she headed up the Consumer and Asia Pacific Practices.

Ms. Arai has extensive experience in full-life cycle recruiting of mid- to senior-level executives, including C-suite. She has worked across many industries and geographies.

Prior to her work in exectuve search, Ms. Arai held senior-level marketing and business development positions at Fortune 100 companies, including Citigroup and The Walt Disney Company.  Additionally, she has global business expertise, having managed international markets both from the U.S. as well while living in Asia.

Ms. Arai began her business career in advertising and has worked at Leo Burnett and Young & Rubicam.

Ms. Arai holds bachelor of arts degrees in economics, international relations, and Asian studies from the University of Pennsylvania.