Prince Harry’s new Chief Impact Officer job title at San Francisco-based mental health start-up BetterUp Inc. makes some in Japan laugh at its acronym.
The job title, sometimes abbreviated to ‘CHIMPO’ in the US, has already made fun of the silly phrase back home in Britain.
But it has led to laughter and red faces among many in the Asian country who have heard the news, as the word ‘chimpo’ is in Japanese slang for ‘penis’.
The Duke of Sussex was revealed as the chief impact officer (CHIMPO) at BetterUp last month with this corporate black and white photo of Harry released at the same time. The acronym of the title has red faced some in Japan for being slang for ‘penis’
Japanese news website SoraNews24 quoted response from social media users in the country to the job title.
Imagine coming to Japan and introducing himself as a ‘chimpo’ to officials? I’d love to see their faces! one person wrote, according to the outlet.
“No matter how old you are, the word ‘chimpo’ always makes you smile,” said another, and a third added, “I bet this news has made the high school boys happy.”
A user was quoted by the outlet as asking someone rhetorically to Prince Harry to explain the slang term, pointing out the misunderstanding.
“So his role is Chief Pole Officer?” another social media user mused.
Prince Harry – who is returning to the US after visiting the UK for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral – was appointed Chief Impact Officer (CHIMPO) of BetterUp Inc. in March, the company announced at the time.
The prince not only had full control over “strategic” decisions, but also became a public face for the company, which had vowed not to cash in on its royal credentials.
His photo was already prominently featured on the company’s website at the time of the announcement alongside the words “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.”
The company founder has declined to say whether Harry will be paid.
A statement on the company’s website said: ‘Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex is a humanitarian, military veteran, mental health advocate and environmental activist’
Industry insiders suggest he is more likely to have acquired shares in the company, estimated at £ 1.25 billion, despite never having worked in business in his 36 years.
The new role stems from lucrative deals for the Prince and his wife, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, following their controversial move to California.
They make shows and podcasts for media companies Netflix and Spotify, while Meghan has invested in a company that makes wellness lattes.
In a statement last month, Harry said he was excited to join BetterUp and stated that he wanted to “ lift critical dialogues about mental health, build supportive and compassionate communities, and create an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations. ”
Harry told Oprah he was forced to seek corporate employment after his father Prince Charles financially ‘cut him off’ after emigrating to Canada and then LA. Pictured: Harry, from left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, talking to Oprah Winfrey
He added, ‘Self-optimization is not about fixing something that is broken. It’s about becoming the best version of ourselves, with all that life has to offer – someone who is ready for the next challenge and can face adversity with courage, confidence and self-awareness. ‘
Harry, who has spoken openly about his own mental health issues and how he sought professional help to cope with the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, told the Wall Street Journal that he had been using the app and a BetterUp coach for several months. .
The Journal added: ‘The role is the last foray into business for the Duke who, along with his wife, Meghan Markle, has given up the roles as full-time working members of the British monarchy and tapped their celebrity with a series of lucrative deals. . ‘
It quoted Harry as saying, “I intend to make an impact in people’s lives.”
Inside the Office: BetterUp’s San Francisco offices hold plenty of couches, exercise equipment, and a bag
BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux said he was introduced to Harry through a mutual friend and started talking to him about the role last fall. He insisted that the Prince’s appointment was not just a showcase because of who he is, saying, “It’s a meaningful and meaty role.”
The position of chief impact officer is rare in the corporate world, but more common in the charity sector, where he can command a salary of £ 80,000. However, the true value of Harry’s deal could be in the tens of millions.
Just 48 hours after the initial announcement was made, Prince Harry also announced that he would be joining the new information disabilities committee of the left-wing Aspen Institute in Washington DC along with 14 others, including Kathryn Murdoch, wife of Rupert Murdoch’s son James , who resigned. from his father’s media empire last year.
He joined as celebrity commissioner and fought what he calls an ‘avalanche of disinformation’ in the digital world.
Prince Harry’s statement on the website of the company he joined
Harry’s statement on the BetterUp website … and how its royal title was displayed with a black and white photo.
I am very excited to join the BetterUp team and community! Thank you for having me.
I firmly believe that focusing on and prioritizing our mental fitness unlocks potential and opportunities that we never knew we had within us.
As the Royal Marine Commandos say, “It’s a state of mind.” What I’ve learned in my own life is the power of turning pain into purpose.
During my decade in the military, I have learned that we need to build not only physical resilience, but also mental resilience. When I first met Alexi [Robichaux], we immediately recognized a shared passion to help others realize their full potential.
As our conversations progressed, it became even more apparent that we have a similar philosophy about mental health: that we should proactively care for our minds. Personally, I found working with a BetterUp Coach to be invaluable. And because we believe in strengthening our own mental fitness, our entire Archewell team also has access to BetterUp coaching.
As BetterUp’s first Chief Impact Officer, my goal is to foster critical mental health dialogues, build supportive and compassionate communities, and create an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations. And I hope to help people develop their inner strength, resilience and self-confidence.