Local versus Global: Where to draw the line? 3/3

When multinational corporations seek to increase presence in markets overseas, how much should they adapt to each local market, and how much should they retain their global, universal values as a company? This GLOBIS Top Seminar looks into how the Daimler Group, a German automaker which is one of the largest producers of premium cars, Mercedes-Benz, and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, tackles this subject.

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GLOBIS Top Seminar: Daimler Series Part 1
"Local versus Global: Where to draw the line?" - Daimler in Japan and Asia –
No.3 of 3

Speakers: Dr. Albert Kirchmann, Head, Daimler Trucks Asia; Mr. Kintaro Ueno, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Japan; Mr. Yoshito Hori, President, GLOBIS University
Time and Date: 19:00 – 21:00, Friday, Feb 15, 2013
Venue: GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Language: English
Duration: 1:10:32

About the Daimler Seminar Series:
This is the first in a series of five seminars that will be held at various GLOBIS campuses over an eight-month period in 2013. This seminar series builds on the collaborative effort by the Daimler Group and GLOBIS University, to foster leaders who will drive the reconstruction efforts in the disaster-hit regions of Tohoku.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Albert Kirchmann became Chief Executive Officer and President of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation in June 2009. He also concurrently serves as Head of Trucks Asia. Previously, he held positions within Daimler AG (previously DaimlerChrysler AG) as Head of Finance & Controlling Business and Product Planning of Daimler Trucks & Buses. Dr. Kirchmann has also been in charge of Business Development, Controlling and Finance in the Commercial Vehicle Division beginning in 2004, and responsible for the Strategy, Controlling and Planning Sector in the Powertrain Business Unit beginning in 1997. He served as Director of Corporate Planning and Controlling at Mercedes-Benz in Spain. Dr. Kirchmann joined Daimler-Benz AG in 1984 after studying industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and receiving his doctorate.

Mr. Kintaro Ueno became President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Japan in December 2012, rising through the ranks with more than 25 years experience at the company. Prior to becoming the first Japanese CEO of his company, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing Division beginning in 2007. His previous positions include Managing Director of the Network Development and Commercial Vehicles Division as well as Director of HR and Administration. Mr. Ueno joined Mercedes-Benz Japan in the Passenger Car Sales Department after graduating from Waseda University with a degree in social science.

Dialogue Partner

Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, received accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.

A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori is a board member of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and serves as co-chair of WEF’s Global Growth Companies.

In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit – a Japanese version of the WEF’s annual Davos forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Summit Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. The following year Project KIBOW was incorporated as the KIBOW Foundation, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013.

Since October 2013, Mr. Hori has hosted a weekly TV program in Japan called Nippon Mirai Kaigi (Japan Future Conference). He has authored several books including Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies, Six Dimensions of Life, and My Personal Mission Statement.

Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.

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