Mr. Philip Jones grew up in Rhode Island, USA, number 5 in a family of 11 brothers and sisters, and has been moving westward, more or less, ever since. He spent 3 years in New Hampshire (sales, Flying Tiger Line), 4 years in Minnesota (sales management, Flying Tiger Line), 6 years in Los Angeles (Northwest Airlines Cargo, Regional Manager), 1 year in Memphis (NWA), 1.5 years in Hawaii (business school), an initial 5 years in Japan (Kintetsu World Express, executive), 2 years in Beijing (GM of KWE’s new subsidiary), and returned to Japan in 2000 where he now resides. Mr. Jones spent 5 years at WorldPort Services, LLC, where he assisted Japanese companies and subsidiaries of non-Japanese companies, to adopt global business practices. In 2004 he joined Morgen, Evan and Company, a NY-based M&A advisory boutique, as the leader of its logistics practice. The following year he became managing director in charge of the company’s Japan office. In 2010 Mr. Jones engineered the sale of Morgen Evan’s Japan business to Sigmaxyz Inc., a Tokyo based strategic consultancy. As part of the transaction he joined Sigmaxyz as Partner (M&A) where he worked a variety of M&A transactions for Japanese and non-Japanese clients. While still associated with Sigmaxyz Mr. Jones has begun transitioning to teaching, beginning at GLOBIS in January 2015.
We all have experiences, perspectives, insights and ideas that are germane to the study of business strategy. While the quality and originality of these ideas often have very little to do with the number of years a person has spent on the job it is by looking at the experiences and insights of those who have gone before us (i.e., the business leaders that you will meet in our case studies) that we gain the means by which to test the viability of these ideas.