As vice president of marketing for Mazda North American Operations, Russell Wager is responsible for all marketing communications for the company’s U.S. Operations. He brings to Mazda a wealth of experience from more than 20 years in the automotive industry, focused on marketing communications.

Wager oversees all aspects of U.S. marketing communications including: print and electronic advertising, social media, functions, public relations, brand experience, auto shows, sales training and aspects of retail operations, as well as manages the relationship with the company's integrated marketing communications agency, The Garage Team Mazda.

Wager joins Mazda from the Asia Pacific region where he spent the last few years at TBWA/Hakuhodo International in Tokyo, and most recently managing a large automotive account at DDB Advertising, as senior vice president and managing director in the agency's Beijing office.

He has led major automotive accounts at a number of the top advertising and marketing agencies in the world, including TBWA\Chiat\Day, David&Goliath, and prior to that, Doner Advertising, directing the same Mazda account that he now leads.

Wager earned his Marketing degree from University of Texas at Austin.

He lives in Irvine, Calif. with his wife and dog, an Australian Blue Heeler named Ranger.