Marc Popelier – Owner of Japanadvice.be
Marc started his career in 1984 in the European headquarters of New Holland, working on the implementation of ERP systems and manufacturing cost analysis. After the acquisition of New Holland by Ford Motor Company in 1985, he was seconded as business expert to the project team responsible for setting up a shared services center for Ford’s agricultural business in Europe. Additionally he was member of the due dilligence team supporting the merger of Ford and Fiat’s agricultural and construction machinery divisions.
In 1992 he joined the Spar organisation (now Colruyt) where he became controller Belgium and was involved in price/margin strategies for the various retail segments, SME turnarounds, warehousing, logistics and large scale credit framework agreements.
Since 2000 he worked on the European headquarters of SMK Corporation, a Japanese concern. Initially as finance and HRM manager later as general manager. He started to learn Japanese and developed a keen interest in the importance of bridging the gap between the European and Japanese business cultures.
Marc Popelier graduated magna cum laude in Business Administration from UFSIA (Antwerp University) , obtained a summer MBA degree at Kogod School of Business in Washington DC and an MBA from the KUL.