About David Syrad
David has set up and grown businesses in Europe and Asia, achieving breakthrough results in sales, cost-reduction and quality performance.
His latest venture, FlowGen GmbH, founded together with Dirk Kuester, is a Swiss-based start-up manufacturing compact, high-efficiency wind turbines. Flowgen wind turbines bring large wind turbine levels of energy conversion efficiency and cost per kWh to the small wind turbine market. Flowgen is in discussion with electricity companies, facilities management companies, electric vehicle manufacturers, stadiums and numerous other electricity producers and users across the globe.
David has set up, grown and restructured businesses in Europe and Asia and has extensive experience of building and working with teams from N and S America. He has managed global business relationships with Japanese customers and partners for 32 years and has 28 years’ experience in the automotive industry. This has brought a wide network of connections.
David’s connections in the Japanese automotive industry, combined with a deep understanding of Western and Japanese business and culture, allow him to initiate and manage relationships and guide clients to successful results.
In addition to managing commercial and technical discussions he acts as interpreter during meetings with Japanese customers. He has managed technical and commercial meetings in a wide range of areas – engine components, transmissions, chassis and suspension, body and roof systems and motors/electronics.
He has negotiated M&A, JV and Alliance deals and managed numerous difficult commercial discussions in Japanese on behalf of AKI customers.
David is a member of: The Japan Strategic Management Society, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Mayor of Osaka’s Foreign Business Network, Organising Committee for Hope International Japan
He has been the face of CIE Automotive in Japan since 2008.
Is America's Political Class in Denial about the Lessons from Brexit?
I recently gave a short presentation on Brexit at the Japan Strategic Management Society in Tokyo. The main theme was the anticipated effects on Japan and Japanese business, but as we examined the reasons for the Leave vote in Britain, it was impossible to avoid making links with the rise of Donald Trump in the …
Reactions to reactions to reactions to the flu
The sequence of events has been interesting. First, people fall ill and die in Mexico. The government closes down significant parts of Mexico City. The WHO issues a level 4 pandemic threat alert. Japanese newspapers report the threat. The WHO raises the pandemic threat alert to level 5. Japanese media report the increased threat alert …
Osaka Coffee Shop Conversation
Over a year since the last post. We continue to live up to our title. It’s a good thing no-one relies on Tsurezuregusa for up-to-the-minute commentary. Amid the debate on television and in the press about how Japan needs to change, I popped into a coffee shop near my house, owner-managed and full of people …
Many people expected the events of March 11th and the subsequent mismanagement and deception by the government and TEPCO to provoke a revolution of sorts; a backlash from a long-suffering public against the corruption and incompetence of the ruling politicians and bureaucrats. So far there is no sign of this happening. A documentary on national …
The events of the last four days have put an enormous strain on the government of Japan. Politicians and TEPCO managers are struggling to find a balance between preventing panic and providing necessary information to the public at the same time as managing the multiple crises facing the country. They are hampered by a lack …
Effect on the Economy
There is a lot of pessimism about the economy, but there may be a positive side to the disaster. If the nuclear plant situation doesn’t escalate, the sense of purpose and investment in re-building may have a positive effect in the slightly longer term. The contribution of the Tohoku area to GDP is only 1%. …
Adapting to the Rise of China and India
Both inside and outside Japan there appears to be a widely held view that economic decline due to relative lack of competitiveness, hollowing out of manufacturing and demographic change is inevitable. This seems to me an analysis based on the current situation, extrapolated forward on the assumption that nothing will change in Japan. Whether this …
Yes we Kan
Mr. Kan replaces Mr. Hatoyama as Prime Minister and effectively Mr Ozawa at the head of the Japan Liberal party. Mr. Hatoyama and Mr. Ozawa were ousted for financial irregularities. Mr. Kan was also forced to resign a few years ago for a few missed social security payments in his student days. He then embarked …
Negotiating in Japan
The end of 2009 was very busy for AKI Japan. We supported strategic negotiations for two clients and negotiated agreements with suppliers from Europe and Asia. One interesting point arising from these various activities was the range of negotiating styles and targeted outcomes. These divided along national lines and again within national borders according to …
Auto Supplier Consolidation
From the steamy heat of mid-August Osaka, o-hisashiburi (it’s been a while). Continuing on the consolidation theme, it’s interesting that there don’t appear to be any large Japanese funds buying up companies to drive consolidation. This is happening in the USA and Europe either driven by companies pursuing consolidation as a strategy or by funds …
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