It is with deep sorrow that we at Geopolitical Intelligence Services inform our readers of the passing of Professor Dr. Stefan Lippert. He died on August 31, 2016 while on vacation in Tanzania, at the age of 47.
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Professor Lippert was a Tokyo-based business school lecturer and management consultant who richly contributed to GIS from the inception of the service in 2011. Since then, he offered us 137 informed, insightful and finely crafted reports on Japan and East Asia. His latest, on the economic impact of demographic change in Japan and other Asian countries, published on July 26, 2016, we consider among the best the service recently offered to its readers.
He taught international corporate strategy and leadership at Temple University, Japan Campus, and other universities in Japan and overseas. An intrepid scholar and author in the areas of globalization and organizational transformation, he focused in his GIS writing on the response of the Japanese economy to the challenges of demography, deflation and increasing competition from developing countries.
He was particularly interested in the internationalization of Japanese firms, especially the “Hidden Champions” – those smaller but highly successful companies which are invisible or inconspicuous.
In his consulting work, Professor Lippert advised Japanese and international companies primarily on matters of strategy, marketing, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He worked with McKinsey& Company before becoming the managing partner for Japan at Simon-Kucher & Partners, a global strategy and marketing consulting firm.
On a personal note, Stefan was a dedicated friend – helpful and warm, with a good sense of humor. My discussions with him were always interesting and highly rewarding. His advice to our company, especially when we were just starting out, was priceless.
Professor Lippert will be sorely missed at GIS for his vast knowledge and personal warmth. His funeral is to take place on Thursday, September 22, at 1:30 PM in his hometown of Kiel, Germany.