TEAM PROFILE

All of Our Consultants Are
Well-versed in the Healthcare Industry

Clients’ growth is supported by our consultants, who are well versed in the healthcare industry.
Each of them treats clients with sincerity.

  • Jeffrey B. Schnack
    President
    Jeffrey B. Schnack

    Jeffrey B. Schnack
    President
    Jeffrey B. Schnack

    Jeff began his career with a boutique consulting firm focusing on new market business development. After launching the JPAC subsidiary of a German industrial manufacturer, he led the first overseas subsidiary of the East Japan Railways Group, creating a US consumer business that won a #2 ranking in the Nikkei Shimbun New Product of the Year competition. He now focuses on strategy development, implementation and capability-building for clients in the pharma and healthcare industry.

    Jeff has taught courses on Brand and Project Management in the CUMOT program at the Tokyo University of Technology, and Technology Marketing at the QREC Entrepreneurship Center of Kyushu University. Recently he has spoken overseas at digital healthcare events “Medicine X” at Stanford University and “Doctors 2.0 & You” in Paris. He also contributes to industry press such as Monthly Mix.

    Born in the US state of Iowa, Jeff is trilingual in Japanese, German, and English. He earned his BA with Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude honors from Amherst College, and then a Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of Vienna, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. Later he graduated top of his Executive MBA class at the University of San Francisco.

    Jeff played basketball in college and a bit with a semi-professional league in Europe. He currently enjoys getting outside of Tokyo to ski, camp, or climb mountains with his family.

  • Chikako Schnack
    Director, Chief Financial Officer
    Chikako Schnack

    Chikako Schnack
    Director, Chief Financial Officer
    Chikako Schnack

    Chikako started her career at a domestic securities company as a securities analyst of listed companies in the Japanese and South East Asian stock markets. She then managed Japanese equity portfolios of public and private pension funds, as well as investment trusts, at a global investment management group. One of her funds was ranked as the 3rd best performer in the Morning Star Fund of The Year’s rookie category.

    She moved to the US and managed a global technology fund and then established her own practice as a financial advisor. After coming back to Japan, she managed Japanese equity portfolios for a global life insurance company group.

    She is now CFO at 3Rock, overseeing operations, developing the company’s financial strategy, and leading new business development.

    Chikako graduated from The Department of Business Administration at Rikkyo University. She is a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan (CMA®) and AFP of the Japan Association for Financial Planners.
    Medical Management Specialist, Second Grade.

    She enjoys yoga, dance, calligraphy and outdoor activities.

  • Yoshiaki Matsuda
    Executive Consultant
    Yoshiaki Matsuda

    Yoshiaki Matsuda
    Executive Consultant
    Yoshiaki Matsuda

    Yoshiaki has 26 years of experience with foreign pharma, generics, CSO and medical device companies, progressing through growing responsibilities in sales, market intelligence, KOL management, sales promotion, product management, global liaison, sales & marketing excellence, and new business development. He also worked as Research Director at a foreign-affiliated healthcare research company.

    One of his key contributions was significantly improving brand performance in a commoditized marketplace through the development of patient-friendly services that drove differentiation while significantly increasing patient awareness and treatment rates.

    Yoshiaki graduated from Chuo University’s school of commerce, and earned an MBA from the University of Montana in the US.
    He is fluent in Japanese and English. In his earlier days, he played soccer and worked as a swimming coach. He now enjoys traveling, camping and cooking for his family.

  • Rika Abe
    Senior Consultant
    Rika Abe

    Rika Abe
    Senior Consultant
    Rika Abe

    Rika has 15 years experience working in a leading foreign pharmaceutical company. She began her career as an MR before moving to marketing as a product manager. After several years, Rika expanded her knowledge and skillset in her role as product trainer and worked to drive better sales execution practices. Rika excelled at leveraging instructional design to construct training frameworks to best serve the sales force. She also played an active role in transforming the company from a primary care organization into a leading specialty care organization.

    Rika is a licensed pharmacist with a Masters in Pharmacology from Hoshi University.
    She also holds an MBA from Globis University.
    Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade.

    In her spare time, Rika enjoys bouldering and gardening.

  • katsuta
    Senior Consultant
    Hiroshi Katsuta

    katsuta
    Senior Consultant
    Hiroshi Katsuta

    Hiroshi has 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has led consulting projects with CSO, digital app, medical device, and healthcare-related clients on customer strategies, tactics, and talent development.
    During his time as an MR, he received multiple HQ awards for driving positive results in various challenging territories. Leveraging that experience, he then contributed to marketing, product management, area strategy, coaching, disease awareness, and digital marketing for both domestic and international pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He has worked on collaborations with administrative bodies in promoting regional healthcare and on initiatives with health insurance unions from a preventive health perspective.

    Hiroshi has held leadership roles in numerous sales organizations of over 150 members, and he excels in providing execution support that aligns company activities with customer and patient-centric approaches.

    Hiroshi graduated from Shukutoku University’s school of Social Welfare, specializing in Social Psychology, where he researched group cohesion.
    He is also a JAHMC-registered healthcare management consultant.
    Hiroshi’s hobbies include going to the gym, watching sports, walking around the city, and reading.

  • Izumi Matsuzaki
    Consultant
    Izumi Matsuzaki

    Izumi Matsuzaki
    Consultant
    Izumi Matsuzaki

    Izumi joined 3Rock after working for 9 years as an MR at a Japanese pharmaceutical company in Tokyo, where she both won company top-performer awards several times and also focused energy on educating newcomers within the organization.

    At 3Rock, she leverages that experience in developing various sales-oriented programs in both specialty and primary areas. She also contributes to develop marketing cases, customer personas. patient journeys, and other project work.

    Born in Tokyo, Izumi is a graduate of the Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Molecular Sciences Division. Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade.
    Izumi enjoys travelling, cooking and searching for good restaurants.

  • Yoshie Yamagishi
    Consultant
    Yoshie Yamagishi

    Yoshie Yamagishi
    Consultant
    Yoshie Yamagishi

    Yoshie has a wide variety of experiences in marketing, sales and sales support in both foreign and domestic pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical companies.

    Most recently, as a pharmaceutical Market Research Manager, she conducted various primary and secondary research projects. There she proposed strategies for new product launches and contributed to maximize product value for a range of in-line products. Before that, as a Sales Manager in a medical device company, she developed new business and increased sales by 400% compared to prior results.

    Yoshie began her career in sales support with a chemical company, and was seconded to join a start-up joint venture between Japanese and American companies. There she worked on a variety of tasks, including sales forecasting, supply chain system, and both domestic and export/import sales.

    She holds a Diploma in a short-course MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. During her time in the US, she held an internship in an affiliate of a large Japanese pharmaceutical company, where she won a “Brilliance Award” for her proposal around new opportunities in the nutraceuticals market for Japan and the US.

    Junior & High School English Teacher’s licenses.
    Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade.
    Yoshie is fluent in Japanese and English. She enjoys making sweets and swimming, logging 1.5km every weekend at her local health club.

  • Tojo
    Consultant (IT Lead)
    Takeshi Tojo

    Tojo
    Consultant (IT Lead)
    Takeshi Tojo

    Takeshi began his career in the sales department of a higher educational books publisher, where he contributed to expand business through innovative data analysis and the establishment of new social networking services.

    After moving to the editorial department, he worked extensively in the planning, editing, and production of science, technology, and medical books. Especially in the medical area, he collaborated deeply with doctors to optimize structure, contents, and terminology to improve the understanding of medical student readers. He specializes in editing contents for readability, whether in analog or digital formats.

    Takeshi is a graduate of the department of Acoustic Design at Kyushu Institute of Design.

  • Tomo Inoue
    Consultant (Community Healthcare)
    Tomo Inoue

    Tomo Inoue
    Consultant (Community Healthcare)
    Tomo Inoue

    Tomo has been involved in assisting regions and municipalities with pharmaceutical policies for many years during his work at a foreign pharmaceutical company. His focus there was coordinating with various local players to contribute to the issue of “medical cost reduction,” while supporting the introduction of subsidy programs for many local governments.

    Earlier in his career, he also worked as an MR handling new drugs in primary therapeutic areas, and before that he did sales at a human resources firm, serving as a branch manager responsible for building and training his team in the Kanto area.

    He has an excellent understanding of regional medical issues, and how to bridge between different stakeholders to propose new medical services and approaches.

    Tomo graduated from Chuo University in economics. He enjoys traveling and watching sports.

  • Hirabayashi
    Consultant (Community Healthcare)
    Tatsuya Hirabayashi

    Hirabayashi
    Consultant (Community Healthcare)
    Tatsuya Hirabayashi

    After working as an MR for 22 years at a major domestic pharmaceutical company, he was engaged in information activities in the fields of lifestyle-related diseases and oncology, as well as new drug launch activities, and then worked in the pharmaceutical wholesaling division (in charge of distributors) and the medical policy division (in charge of regional medical care).

    During his tenure in the Healthcare Policy Division, he was in charge of Kanagawa Prefecture and Shikoku area. He conducted interviews with many government officials, insurers, and medical professionals to identify issues. Through support for training sessions for local governments and cooperation with medical institutions, he experienced the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement with a local government (Kochi Prefecture).

    He is good at understanding the needs and issues of pharmaceutical companies and governments regarding community healthcare, and providing support and proposals to resolve these issues while involving healthcare professionals.

    ・Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Economics
    ・Medical Management Specialist Level 2
    ・Hobbies:Driving, walking around town

  • Ayaki
    Associate
    Ayaki Ito

    Ayaki
    Associate
    Ayaki Ito

    Ayaki worked as a Clinical Research Associate for about 3 years at a major Japanese CRO (contract research organization), where she was involved in clinical trials and clinical research for a wide range of diseases, mainly in the field of oncology.

    During that time, she worked in various teams to support both the start-up, data collection and closing of several trials in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals at hospitals in the Kanto region.

    Ayaki also has a proven track record in sales support, with the ability to make proposals that meet client needs.

    ・Graduated from the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Showa University.
    Pharmacist
    Certified as a “Medical Management Specialist, Third Grade” by JMMPA.
    ・Hobbies: Sports, traveling

  • fujii
    Contents Specialist
    Hiroko Fujii

    fujii
    Contents Specialist
    Hiroko Fujii

    Hiroko began her career as a journalist at a newspaper company, working mainly on a local news desk. After moving into editing for an educational magazine at a major publishing house, she then became the chief editor of a national magazine focusing on medical management. There she acquired knowledge about specialized fields such as healthcare policy, regional medicine, and hospital management, as well as an outstanding network of contacts with hospital presidents, directors, and other healthcare management stakeholders.

    As her lifework, along with several healthcare professionals, she jointly established a non-profit organization to promote patient-centered care in Japan. Based on the concept of PX (Patient Experience), the group plans and organizes medical services and events throughout the country. Through her seat as Japan representative to the 18-country PX global council, she participates in activities to enhance the value of healthcare for people around the world.

    Hiroko’s hobbies are running, Pilates, watching sports, and fashion.