In November 2010, Tsuneo Imai was appointed President of PRG K.K., a wholly-owned Japanese subsidiary of Production Resource Group L.L.C. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. With over 25 years of international business experience in a variety of market segments in public relations and special events, Imai is responsible for further developing PRG’s global strategic vision for the Japanese market.
Prior to PRG, Imai worked as Director for International Business for Tanseisha, a major display company in Japan notable for its work on large-scale international exhibitions and events. While with Tanseisha, Imai oversaw teams working on the national pavilions of 13 countries including U.S.A., Mexico, Russia and Spain at the World Expo at Aichi, Japan in 2005 as well as projects in, BASELWORLD, the Paris Motor Show, Dinosaur Expo and many others.
Imai’s other business experiences include working for a British insurance company, a Taiwanese shipping company as well as a public relations agency. He also led project management teams for international cultural events for an NPO of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport of the Japanese Government as well as local municipal governments.
Imai established and operated as the Managing Director of Japan’s first sail training organization on the S.T.S. “Kaisei”. Operated with publicly raised funding, Imai oversaw “Kaisei’s” participation in Japan Festival ‘91 in the U.K., the Grand Regatta Columbus ’92 and Resort Expo Wakayama ’94. In 2000, he was responsible for successfully leading a millennium round the world voyage of the S.T.S. “Akogare” for the city of Osaka including numerous social functions.
Imai has a Master’s degree in Engineering and is also author and translation supervisor of several novels such as “How To Become A Captain”, “White Squall – The Last Voyage of Albatross” and “South, A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage”.
As C.E.O. Asia Pacific and Australia, John Swain is responsible for PRG’s activities in Asia-Pacific, throughout the region including key locations in Japan, Shanghai and Australia.
John began his career in 1984 as a founding partner in a successful design & fabrication studio serving the film and television industry. He also worked in a variety of roles in regional and North American touring theater productions. In the 1990’s, John worked for NBC’s Studio 8H as an electrics stagehand for Saturday Night Live and managed shop operations for a New York-based visual merchandising studio focused on retail, corporate event and themed environments.
John joined PRG’s Scenic Technologies division in 1998 where he was responsible for a number of major projects including the construction of the Kyoto, Umi and Jiyuu theaters in Japan; The Rose Theater and The Allen Room for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York; and Korea’s first-ever musical theater, the Charlotte Theater in Seoul. John also led teams responsible for scenic and motion control elements for a number of live productions internationally, including Aladdin and Steps in Time for Disney and The Phantom of the Opera and Cats for Shiki Theatre Company in Japan, as well as projects in Barcelona, Seoul, Berlin and many other cities worldwide.