Ken Sugimura

Ken leads the FP&A function at Highwire, with 15 years of FP&A and strategy experience in both the aerospace and entertainment sectors. 

5 questions with Highwire's Director, FP&A

This west coast-turned-east coast FP&A guru loves driving innovation through rigorous analysis and process improvement.

What’s the one thing you really enjoy doing?

I love working with smart people and developing innovative solutions to sticky problems. There is something exciting about the rapid-fire exchange of ideas that energizes me.

What did you do prior to Highwire?

I spent the first half of my career helping people far smarter than I send things into space at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Watching one of those missions land on another planet really drove home that impossible is really just a word. After getting my MBA, I was bitten by the entertainment bug, helping Netflix set up their studio, providing finance and strategy guidance to Variety and Deadline, and figuring out how to manage the busiest concert calendar in the history of the music industry at Live Nation. 

What I’m doing when I’m not working…
Spending time with my family. My little girl (who just turned 2 at the time of writing this) is my whole world and I love watching her figure out who she is and experience new things. We just moved across the country last year so we’re exploring all that our new state (NC) has to offer - boating, hiking, museums, and the bathtub that is the Atlantic Ocean (real oceans are cold). 
Where are you from?
Los Angeles, born and raised
What do you miss about where you’re from?
The food. I only dabbled in being a foodie, but let’s just say my little town of 5,000 doesn’t quite have the same variety as LA did. On the flipside, no traffic, sooo…

Where the rubber meets the road

Everyone at Highwire is hands-on with client work and the principals are no exception. Some of the brands Kathleen has worked with.


150+ thinkers and doers

Highwire’s team of skilled strategists excel at translating complex narratives into compelling stories. With hubs in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Chicago, our integrated PR, marketing and creative design teams provide global coverage and work with a worldwide network of trusted collaborators. When you partner with Highwire we make a commitment to your success,
creating enduring business value.

Agency Leadership

Emily Call Borders


Carol Carrubba


Kathleen Gratehouse


Kim Paone

General Manager, New York

Michael Byrnes

Managing Director, Health

Carolina Binstadt


Christine Elswick

EVP, Security

Joe Ferrary

SVP, Enterprise

James Holland

EVP, Digital

Danny Maiello

EVP, Brand, Corporate & Energy

Ayanna Anderson


Andrew Robinson

Head of People

Mags Cote

Head of Insights & Analytics

Kate Adorno


Mallory Cloutier


Dan Davies

SVP, Integrated Digital

Bob Gohn

SVP, Creative

Joe Hamrahi


Ross Levanto


Allie MacPherson

SVP, Social Media

Matt McAllister

SVP, Content Marketing

Megan Phelan

SVP, Security

Emily McCrea


Ken Sugimura

Director, FP&A

Ali Balicki


Shevaun Betzler

VP, Security

Denise Jocson

VP, Creative

Megan Kernan

VP, Health

Morgan Mathis

VP, Health

Peter McCormack


Melissa Roxas


Tori Sabourin

VP, Digital

Saige Smith

VP, Health

Amy Tsui

VP, Finance

Lindsay Yanko

VP, Security

You need something different

We're ready to combine our expertise with your ambitions to help you reach a higher level.