Ayumi T. Somers
Ayumi began her career as an interpreter for international conferences and corporate meetings while still at university. Upon graduation, she joined Seibu Saison Group, which sponsored multi-national projects with American, Canadian and British companies for theme park attractions, featuring ultra-sophisticated flight motion simulators installed in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe. She served as an assistant project manager at these construction sites, and also played an integral role in sales and marketing development.
Ayumi also gained experience in the field of pharmaceutical marketing and finances at P&G Far East Inc., and Nippon Wellcome Japan, where she worked as an assistant to the President. From 1999 to 2007, she served as President at Xebex America, Inc., a US subsidiary of a Japanese publicly traded company. With teams of professionals located in Japan, US and Canada, she oversaw projects, developed overall strategy, and directed the firm’s efforts by providing targeted company and industry research, financial performance analysis and due diligence services. She advised clients in making overseas strategic investment decisions in IT, software/wireless and distribution areas. Ayumi’s strong ties to the business community also led her to work as an interpreter for politicians and government officials visiting from Japan to discuss key issues with US officials.
Ayumi’s professionalism and high level of skill in both translation and interpretation have led her to take on legal projects. She has been involved with several major cases defending Japanese corporations implicated in government investigations and commercial litigation. She has assisted law firms with preparing high quality translations, and by organizing documents for production to authorities, in addition to providing both simultaneous and consecutive interpretation for attorney-client meetings, witness interviews at the Department of Justice, and depositions in class action lawsuits.
Ayumi’s strong desire to assist Japanese corporations doing business in North America has always been her driving force. Based on her extensive knowledge in business and years of experience, she has distinguished herself as one of the most highly sought out professionals with language expertise in the legal, financial and marketing fields.
Ayumi received her LL.B from Kobe University Law Department in Japan and also holds an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.