Partners and Associates


David Syrad, Managing Partner

Experience: CEO Asia, 25 years experience in Cross Border Management. Has set up and run production operations and negotiated alliances in Japan, Korea and China. Has managed global teams across Asia, Europe and NA. Expert facilitator in complex situations requiring analysis beyond measureable facts.





Tilo Schmid-Sehl Dr. Tilo Schmid-Sehl, Managing Partner

Experience: 20 years experience in Cross Border Management. CEO in Japan and Director Corporate Strategy and Finance in Germany. Has set up greenfield operations and JV companies in Asia and has successfully re-engineered and re-positioned running companies. Strong focus on strategy, finance and operational management.




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Chiaki Katoka, Partner

Experiences: Learned to manage the interface between Japanese Market and Western Head-Quarters for 20 year. As board member for human-resource, marketing, P&R and administration she holds a wide experience in how foreign companies have to be managed in Japan in order to perform according to Japanese customer’s requirements. Her practical experience combined with various certificates like MBTI or re-teaming enables her to manage HR and build teams across borders.




Takeshi Mentzel (Kanke), Consultant

Experience: German / Japanese bilingual economist with engineering background, specialised in Japanese-European automotive issues. Contributed in major cross-border consulting projects, including strategy implementation and market entry. He also wrote articles and reports about the Japanese automotive industry.

He is specialised in cross-border business’ technical and organisational consulting with focus on research, analysis and project management.



Kunihiko Nakajima, Associate Partner

Experience: Automotive expert, 40 years of business experience in the Japanese automotive industry. Board level experience at Japanese OEMs and Tier 1&2, managing (cross border) projects and business relationships with Japanese and foreign OEMS and major suppliers, contributed to the development / launch of large number of vehicles.

Main speciality is project support from strategy planning to implementation in areas such as management, technology development or product development.



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