Masumi Suzuki's background is not common. As a graduate from the Gemological Institute of America, she worked most of her career in the highend jewelry and watchmaking industry.
Masumi joined RIMOWA in 2016 and as Head of sales she now manages a team of 150 people to expand the brand.
In December 2018, Masumi contributed to the opening of the RIMOWA flagship store in Ginza 7 in Tokyo, a huge store of 800 square meters on three floors. The project had only been launched eight months earlier :"It was quite challenging. We had very little time to do everything. At first, we thought we'd never make it." she remembers.
Yet Masumi and her team managed to tackle the obstacles and find solutions. A few months later, the store opened. From that experience, she has learnt to reach her full potential and encourage others to do the same. Before that, Masumi struggled to take credit for her accomplishments.Thanks to the support of her teams, she realized that it was important to speak out loud of her own contributions, although it felt uncomfortable for her – as for many women – to do so.
From that moment, she began to work on her state of mind and change her relationship to success: "I realize how important it is to personally recognize your own achievements and talk openly about them so we can open the door to the next step".