Rhodri Harries: Managing Director, Kaizo

Rhodri Harries is the co-owner and head of Kaizo, an independent UK PR and content agency that works with big brands and fast growth businesses in technology, consumer electronics, and lifestyle and wellbeing sectors. He led and MBO of Kaizo in 2011, before this he was a Board Director of GCI, prior to and post its acquisition by WPP. He has sat on various industry PR committees and judged numerous communications awards. Career highlights include; launching Fitbit and whole host of hot start up brands in the UK, developing global initiatives for businesses such as Sharp and Unilever as well as the UK Government, and extensive crisis management support for major blue chips. Currently working with a range of clients that include; Tile, Sphero, Sharp, Avast, COTTON USA and D-Link. He lives in London with his wife and two children and is passionately Welsh.

What do you love most about Your City?

I love that London can offer you whatever you are looking for, from amazing entertainment, culture, food and drink, combined with an incredibly vibrant personality. But it also has greenspace, nature, and history all around. It’s an international city for multicultural people, and very very occasionally Londoners even say hello to each other!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Toast and lots of coffee at the Natural Kitchen in Holborn, normally with a colleague from Kaizo.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Waking up and getting up to the Today programme on Radio 4, and then gently persuading my daughter to get up for school

10:00 AM – I’m normally in by 8am, so at 10am I’ll either be speaking to a client about a PR challenge, or working with colleagues to develop ideas and initiatives.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I rarely go out for lunch, as so many PR clients are actually based in the States or out of London. If I do go out, an it’s less power more casual, it will be to the Hospital Club in Covent Garden and I’ll eat something light. 

7:00 PM - I’m normally mid commute home at this time – and where I am depends on London’s much maligned transport network, probably emailing clients or catching up on news and views via Twitter

11:00 PM – At weekends I’ll be out with friends or my wife, in the week I’m in bed thinking about why I can’t get to sleep!

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I probably drink too much coffee – six to seven cups a day. We have a few coffee related clients, including Ember which makes the world’s first temperature control mug which keeps your coffee at exactly the temperature you want it, so I find it hard to resist another cup sometimes…

At the end of some days I’ll have a glass or two of wine; a decent Chenin Blanc from South Africa, or a nice Shiraz from Australia.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Twitter and the BBC apps, nothing on Instagram

What should everyone try at least once?

Toxic waste sweets

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Underwater, somewhere tropical, with my family close by and a cold beer waiting for when I get out.

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