Arrivals and Departures

In collaboration with Santa Fe Relocation Services Japan KK, the J@pan Inc Arrivals & departures column takes a look at some of the key figures of Japan's expatriate business community who are either just landing in Japan or flying off to new places.

Jeremy GibbArrivals Lounge 01

Name: Jeremy Gibb
Nationality: British
Family: Married with two children
Personality: Driven, committed, sociable
Job Title: Partner
Company: Norton Rose
Arrived in Japan: February, 2008
Moved From: London, UK
Reasons for moving to Japan: To add banking expertise to our new office to be opened as soon as the Ministry of Justice license is granted—which is expected imminently.
Business objectives in Japan: As a new office, to grow a sustainable business on the ground in Japan and to be instrumental in increasing the levels of Japan-source business throughout our global network.
Reaction on being asked to move to Japan: Delighted. I very much enjoyed working in Asia previously and was keen to return. I’ve visited Japan many times, both on business and for pleasure and I look forward to discovering more.
Hobbies: I play real tennis, which is unusual. Unfortunately, the nearest court to Tokyo is in Melbourne. I am also very keen on good food and wine.

Alain PirauxArrivals Lounge 02

Name: Alain Piraux
Nationality: US
Family: Married with one son
Personality: Enthusiastic, friendly, competitive
Job Title: Hotel Manager
Company: The Ritz-Carlton
Arrived in Japan: May, 2008
Moved From: Virginia, US (The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner)
Looking forward to: Learning the culture and traditions and expanding my horizons
Business objectives in Japan: To make The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, a first class place for guests to stay and employees to work.
Reaction on being asked to move to Japan: Overwhelmed initially. However, I have always wanted to work in Japan and have heard so many great things about the professionalism of the residents and their striving for perfection. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to work in such a great city!
Motto: Do not be afraid to make mistakes, take some risks!

Shaun ConroyArrivals Lounge 03

Name: Shaun Conroy
Nationality: New Zealand
Family: Married with two children
Personality: Straightforward, honest, open
Job Title: Director, North East Asia, Japan & Korea
Company: New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Arrived in Japan: Came back to Japan after almost 5 years absence in February 2008
Moved From: Brisbane, Australia
Looking forward to: The scope and scale of the Japanese economy, the competitive nature of the market and range of projects I will be working on.
Business objectives in Japan: I am the regional Director for Japan & Korea for NZ Trade & Enterprise. My responsibility is for developing regional strategy, managing high level relationships and delivering on a number of high impact initiatives for NZ businesses.
Reaction on being asked to move to Japan: Fantastic!
Motto: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.


Arrivals and Departures


Matthias TerrettazDeparture Lounge 01

Name: Matthias Terrettaz
Nationality: Swiss
Family: Married
Personality: Competitive, caring, creative
Job Title: Assistant Director, Food & Beverage
Company: The Ritz-Carlton
Arrived in Japan: January 2007
Moving to: Doha, Qatar
Happiest moment in Japan: The day we opened the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
Lessons learned in the Japanese market: Be humble, patient, and extremely clear and precise while giving instruction.
Hobbies/Interests: Photography, running, watches & wine collection
Motto: The world wants results, not explanations.
If you can deliver, then you won’t have to explain.
If you can’t deliver, explanations will not make any difference.

Dan PetersenDeparture Lounge 02

Name: Dan Petersen
Nationality: US
Family: Married, with three kids
Personality: Optimistic, enthusiastic, involved
Job Title: Managing Principal, Operations & Japan, ZS Associates
Company: ZS Associates
Arrived in Japan: August, 2003
Moving to: Illinois, US (ZS’s HQ)
Lessons learned in the Japanese market: Look and listen carefully to discover people’s real concerns. Get wide support internally before trying to implement.
Hobbies/Interests: History, travel, aviation, cuisine.
Special talent: Private pilot, with both US and Japan licenses.
Motto: Experience as much of life, the world, and its people as I can, with my family.

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