Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Julie Thomas-Toda joined AOI Pro. Inc. in 1991, at a time when very few foreign women were working in the Japanese advertising industry.
Her strong passion for pushing creative beyond cultural and language barriers led the company to be a leader in Japan to collaborate internationally with creative professionals and filmmakers from around the world. She thrives on seeing the multi-faceted creative possibilities in production and delivering work that goes beyond the client and agency brief.
Her work as a creative coordinator has led her to the farthest corners of the earth, working with the best in the industry, on productions for such clients as Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Sony, Panasonic, Coca Cola, Shiseido, Nike, Kirin, Asahi, and Nestle.
Julie prides herself on being an advert junky, easily geeking out several hours a day to get her daily fix on who’s doing what in the world of persuasive filmmaking. She lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her husband and two children.