Associate Partner Network

Associate Partners

The AsiaCorp network is a group of international minded Senior Executives who have demonstrable expertise of doing business in the Asia-Pacific Region, mastering disciplines such as; licensing, franchising, distribution, brand- management & building and retailing.

Peter Dresing Aarhus (Denmark)

• Peter is the founder and managing partner of AsiaCorp, founded in 2007.

• He is a global oriented networker and entrepreneur with a unique established network of industry experts around the World.

• He works as a International Business Development Consultant, is a C-Level Advisor and specializes in building distribution/franchise/license business in Asia for global oriented consumer brands and attracting investors from Asia.

• Assists European lifestyle brands such as Hummel, Lotto Sport, Hummel, Esprit, KangaRoos, Trollbeads, Gosh Cosmetics, Ellesse etc. in exporting to Asia-Pacific.

• Has more than 30 years of experience with global sales, combining an
out-of-the box international mindset with excellent communication skills.

• Educated with a Executive MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK.

• Previous managing positions at Carlsberg & Salling Group.

Michael Aagaard Andersen Seoul (South Korea)

• Mr. Aagaard Andersen is a global brand-builder with deep operating and leadership experience in the retail and consumer industry.

• In a C-level capacity he has helped grow and transform such iconic consumer brands as LEGO, BANG & OLUFSEN, and PANDORA.

• He now uses his sector, strategy, and operating experience to support clients in connection with international business growth and buy-out assignments – especially in Asia Pacific.

• He is on the board of directors at several international brands.

• Joined AsiaCorp network in 2018.

Andrew Wood Hong Kong

• Mr. Wood has built a strong Corporate experience over the last 25
years working and living in Asia.

• He has successfully consulted in project work for various footwear,
sporting goods and apparel & accessories organisations, including
leading brands such as PUMA, Lee, Wrangler, GOLA, Animal, Flow,
BIC, Neil Pryde, ECCO, Scholl and Clarks of England.

• Mr. Wood joined AsiaCorp in 2012 leading the research, partner search
and Asia Pacific market entry projects for high profiled European
brands.

Peter Dresing Aarhus (Denmark)

• Peter is the founder and managing partner of AsiaCorp, founded in 2007.

• He is a global oriented networker and entrepreneur with a unique established network of industry experts around the World.

• He works as a International Business Development Consultant, is a C-Level Advisor and specializes in building distribution/franchise/license business in Asia for global oriented consumer brands and attracting investors from Asia.

• Assists European lifestyle brands such as Hummel, Lotto Sport, Hummel, Esprit, KangaRoos, Trollbeads, Gosh Cosmetics, Ellesse etc. in exporting to Asia-Pacific.

• Has more than 30 years of experience with global sales, combining an
out-of-the box international mindset with excellent communication skills.

• Educated with a Executive MBA from Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK.

• Previous managing positions at Carlsberg & Salling Group.

Marc VierhausStockholm (Sweden)

• Mr. Vierhaus is a seasoned Business Development Professional in the Fashion retail industry, boasting almost two decades of expertise across Asia Pacific and Europe. 

• He has gained experience and contributed to globally renowned brands, including Hugo Boss, Puma, Bogner, and Alpargatas (Havaianas), among others. With a keen focus on the sports fashion retail sector, he has established himself as a passionate advocate for Outdoor and Golf Sports fashion.

• Currently based in Stockholm, Mr. Vierhaus possesses a deep reservoir of knowledge in assisting European brands as they embark on their journey to penetrate and navigate complex markets within Asia. 

• His multifaceted approach to success involves strategies related to distribution, franchising, and driving sales in the dynamic Asia Pacific region. 

Fred Ip
Hong Kong

• Mr. Fred IP is a senior corporate executive with experience in the consumer products industry. He has expertise in multi-channel market expansion for companies in China, the United States, Japan, and other nations. He also has experience with end-to-end supply chain management for mass retailers and international brands.

• He has developed strength in identifying opportunities and resolving issues arising from multi-party collaboration with diversified interests and cultural background. Is experienced professional in handling legal and financial considerations on commercial deals (e.g. contract review and negotiation, accounting and tax considerations etc.)

• He assists in creating connections between brands and “opportunities” via diversified connections and maximizing the prospects for mutual advantage by assisting investors and retailers in their quest for strategic brands/products and commercial opportunities.

• Joined AsiaCorp network in 2023.

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Tatsuo Yata Tokyo (Japan)

• Mr. Yata is the Head of APAC Partnerships at Pace Partnership London, a distinguished master brand house. He plays a pivotal role in driving strategic collaborations and initiatives.

• Mr. Yata is an International Business Development Consultant specialized in the APAC region. With over two decades of entrepreneurial experience, he has held prominent positions at the executive level within renowned global brands, with a primary focus on Japan and the broader APAC market.

• Currently based in Tokyo, Japan, he has a substantial network in the APAC region.

• With a rich background spanning three decades in the Fashion industry, Mr. Yata offers unparalleled expertise in international business management. He is particularly adept at guiding emerging players in the APAC market and advising on diverse aspects of global apparel brand management, including direct-to-consumer (DTC) retail, e-commerce, B2B wholesale, franchise licensing, and back-office operations such as supply chain management (SCM).

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Dennis Jørgensen Shanghai (China)

• Mr. Jørgensen is a global Business Development leader specialized in the Asia-Pacific region.

• He has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, and a proven track record of successful market entries and business scaling for international consumer brands within the fashion, lifestyle, jewelry and outdoor segments.

• Based in Shanghai and mastering the mandarin language and Chinese culture. He has a strong network of industry experts, primary focusing on China and the broader APAC region.

DK JungSeoul (South Korea)

• Mr. DK Jung has been working as Chief legal director of Global Brands such as Converse, Kappa, Castelbajac and national brands such as EXR and D2K in Korea.

• In 2014 he founded FelixInc in Korea. He has strong partnerships with various Korean clients and a very strong local partner network which have been working in TAYLORMADE, CALLAWAY, O’NEILL, FILA, Millet and KAPPA.

• Since he joined the AsiaCorp network of Associate Partners in 2022, he has been working with AsiaCorp on market entry partner search in Korea for suitable distributors, license- & franchise partners. Mr. Jung is also involved in various M&A projects finding local investors in Korea, who are interested in buying out the IP rights for the South Korean market.

David Mallon Manchester (United Kingdom)

• Mr. David Mallon is a serial fashion entrepreneur in the apparel industry for the last 25 years.
 
• Founder of the Ringspun and Elvis Jesus brands David grew his business from one small Manchester based store to apparel showrooms and offices in London, Italy, HK and LA.
 
• He now uses his sector expertise and peer group network buying, selling, investing in and supporting brands to navigate the  international landscape.
 
• Mr. Mallon is regarded as one of the UK’s Industry leading experts and innovators in the field of apparel sourcing, design and marketing. 
 
• Mr. Mallon joined AsiaCorp in 2021

David Alexandre von Gunten Switzerland & Hong Kong

• Mr. von Gunten is a renowned strategist and luxury brand leader, recognised for propelling iconic names in the automotive, fashion, and watchmaking sectors to new heights in the Asia Pacific market and beyond.

• With over 20 years of international leadership, Mr. von Gunten’s expertise in market penetration, high-stakes negotiations, and innovative growth strategies has consistently driven sustainable success and reshaped industry standards.

• A Swiss national with Hong Kong Permanent Residency, Mr. von Gunten’s transformative contributions to top-tier brands like Christian Dior Couture and Audemars Piguet underline his ability to navigate complex markets and steer brands through significant growth phases while maintaining a core commitment to excellence and integrity.

• Joining AsiaCorp as the co-founder and CEO of Swisstrategy, Mr. von Gunten offers extensive insight and guidance to luxury brands, Private Equity firms, and Family Offices, expertly orchestrating mergers, acquisitions, and advanced commercial strategies to maximize market presence and investment returns.

Andrew Wood Hong Kong

• Mr. Wood has built a strong Corporate experience over the last 25 years working and living in Asia.

• He has successfully consulted in project work for various footwear, sporting goods and apparel & accessories organisations, including leading brands such as PUMA, Lee, Wrangler, Animal, Flow, BIC, Neil Pryde, ECCO, Scholl and Clarks of England.

• Mr. Wood joined AsiaCorp in 2012 leading the research, partner search
and Asia Pacific market entry projects for high profiled European brands.

Yumiko Suzuki Tokyo (Japan)

• Ms. Yumiko is based in Tokyo and has more than 15 years experience as the senior commercial position in multiple global brands in the lifestyle and luxury segment.

• With a strong marketing background and leading the sales team, she helped brand building and expansion by bridging between local market and global parent companies like Mattel, Fossil, and Safilo. In the position within these global licensees, she closely worked for the world-class top brands.

• She has a deep understanding of how Western business see Japan in the Asia portfolio, which helps to develop a successful strategy under a cross-cultural environment.

• Ms. Yumiko joined the AsiaCorp network in 2022 and has helped lifestyle brands with partner search for local distributors/ license/franchise partners, strategic entry plan, highlighting what is typically unique which strongly helps to tackle Japan market.

Katja LarsenNew Delhi (India)

• Mrs. Larsen is an experienced business develop leader in the mid and high-end lifestyle segment with more than 25 years of global market experience.

• Currently based in Delhi and Bangalore, India she has extensive network in Asia within the lifestyle segment.

• Works with retail, online marketplaces and production across Asia Pacific and Middle East.

• She has developed an extensive network within key distributors and agents and has built a solid platform for brands and companies to enter the Indian market.

• She is an experienced strategist who has an extensive knowlegde in global market entry and export strategies as well as global/local sales strategies within lifestyle products.

• Joined the AsiaCorp network in 2012.

Elliott Yuen Hong Kong

• Mr. Yuen became a jeweler in 1995, when he was Group CEO of TSL Jewelry, the largest jewelry retailer in the Far East.

• He pioneered TSL’s development in China, and built a 70-store jewelry chain during his watch.

• GM and CEO positions at brands such as: Enzo, TSL, Shanghai Tang, Luxottica/LensCrafters, and PUMA.

• In the fashion industry, he consulted a number of fashion brands and helped them getting into the Chinese market, with clients such as: TSE Cashmere, Themed/THML Clothing, August Moon Boutique, and Kenneth Cole.

• Mr. Yuen is Adjunct Professor at the famous Jiao tong University, Shanghai for EMBA in Retail Management.
• Joined the AsiaCorp network in 2010.

Michael PikeLondon (United Kingdom)

• Mr. Pike is among the leading experts in helping brands into the lucrative Indian market.

• Primary clients are within the fashion, accessories and lifestyle categories.

• Joined the AsiaCorp network of partners in 2012.

Paul Gregory Melbourne (Australia)

• Mr. Gregory has a CEO background from multiple successful companies in both Australia and HK/China.

• Unique connections within the jewelry, watches, cosmetic and baby industries throughout the world.

• Specialist in market entry in China and Hong Kong.

• Joined the AsiaCorp network in 2008, responsible for market entry projects throughout Asia Pacific markets for high profiled Nordic and European brands.

Vivian Pan Shanghai (China)

• Mrs. Pan is a native Chinese with an impressive background in FMCG sector from former senior management positions at global brands such as Kellogg’s, Colgate Palmolive, Bahlsen and Abbott.

• Mrs. Pan has established a very strong network to major distributors and retailers in China.

• Joined the AsiaCorp network in 2018.