William H. FrostFounder, President and current CEO of SAI.
Bill, originally from Canada, moved to France in the 70′s. He founded SAI in 1982.
He holds a mechanical engineering degree from McGill University, Canada and an MBA from INSEAD, France. He has taught for many years at ESSEC, a leading French business school. He has also lectured at a number of management training centers on internationalization and has published extensively on this topic. He also holds several engineering patents.
Before launching SAI, Bill held management positions at Space Research Corporation in Montreal, Flug- und Fahrzeugwerke in Altenrhein (Switzerland), Battelle Research Institute in Geneva. Bill was also a senior consultant and partner with SMG and SIAR in Paris and Tokyo (both companies are headquartered in Stockholm).
With his experience of more than 30 years in helping about 500 companies develop their business abroad, towards the end of 2013 he published a manual designed for SMEs. The manual, “Small Company, Big World”, consists of recommended practices as well as suggestions and examples on how to do it. The objective is to shake up the companies and provide them with the required tools to succeed in this adventure.
In addition to his native English, Bill speaks fluent French, Swedish and German, and is conversant in Cantonese.
He holds a degree in civil engineering from McGill University, Canada and an MSc in engineering and operations research from Cornell University, USA.
Prior to founding SAI’s office in Montreal he worked within the applied economics consulting division of The SNC Group, now SNC – Lavalin, Canada’s largest engineering and industrial development consultancy. At SAI unifying themes of his work have been strategies and plans for enhanced competitiveness, export market development, export-oriented investment attraction and capacity development, for both institutions and SMEs. His work has covered a wide spectrum of industries in the services, manufacturing, agro-processing, resource, ICT and aerospace sectors.
William H. FrostHead of SAI Finland, Chairman of the board
Bill is originally from Canada, he now lives and works in Paris. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from McGill University, Canada and an MBA from INSEAD, France. He has taught for many years at ESSEC, a leading French business school. He has lectured at a number of management training centers on internationalization and has published extensively on this topic. He also holds several engineering patents.
His previous work experience includes management positions at Space Research Corporation in Montreal, Flug- und Fahrzeugwerke in Altenrhein (Switzerland), Battelle Research Institute in Geneva, SMG and SIAR in Paris and Tokyo (both the latter are Swedish-based consulting firms).
Language skills of Bill include fluent French, Swedish and German, as well as his native English.
Fred has been associated with SAI Finland since 2002, having an active role in managing the company in 2009-2010. Fred holds a B.Sc in engineering and is awarded the title Eur.Eng. Alongside with his technical skills, Fred is known for his multi-cultural background and high-level multi-lingualism.
He has a 35-year experience in international trade and has held several positions as an executive in the Finnish high-tech export industry with sales, marketing and management responsibilities both in Finland and abroad. He has worked for Nokia Brussels S.A., Dava-Group, Nokia Data, Setec Py, Setec Card AB (Stockholm) and Gemalto Group.
Fred speaks fluent Finnish, English and French besides his native Swedish and gets by in German.
He is a graduate of the Helsinki University of Technology as well as Insead AMP.
He established Finpro’s Shanghai office 1995 and after 6 years there, worked in Finland as VP East Asian business development. Prior to this, he has worked in Tokyo, Japan altogether 13 years for the Finnish government, Wärtsilä Group and Ahlström Group. He retired from Finpro in 2009 and joined SAI Finland Partners.
He speaks English and Swedish besides his native Finnish and also manages with German and Japanese.
He holds a dipl. Kaufmann degree from Saarbrücken University and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
He has worked at Price Waterhouse for three years in Paris and was also controller at Krupp Handel. His consulting focus has been German foreign entry strategies for SMEs and acquisitions in Germany for foreign firms.
He speaks fluent French and English in addition to his native German.
A graduate in engineering and marketing. He has lived and worked in China and Asia for over 20 years.
He specializes in business development and procurement in China. He has worked in a number of CEO positions in businesses selling to and buying from China. His areas of expertise include supply chain management for consumer and industrial products. He also has direct experience in running manufacturing operations in China and restructuring joint venture investments in manufacturing. His specific areas of industry experience include machine tools, furniture, building and construction materials, and project management of offshore procurement programs.
Jeremy speaks good Chinese and French alongside his native English.
Victor comes from France, he has been working in China since 2011. He holds an engineering degree from a top French engineering school and an MBA from a Chinese leading university.
His previous work experience includes several consulting experiences in IT, industry and bank as well as the management of the Chinese branch of a French SME. He opened his own company in Shanghai in 2013, which is also now the official representative of SAI China.
Victor speaks fluent English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese as well as his native French and gets by with German.
Thomas opened up SAI Sweden in 2011 after collaborating with SAI since 1987. He lives in Sweden in Djursholm, in the suburb of Stockholm.
He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Lund University, Sweden as well as an MBA. He has undergone the Ph.D. programme in Industrial Organisation in the Lund University. He has lectured and is co-author of several books. His previous work experience includes positions at BejerInvest / Interproject, SIAR, The Ministry of Industry and Department of Industrial Organisation. His areas of expertise include strategy & structure, international business development, innovation & venture, organisational development, acquisition & disposal and project management. His specific areas of industry experience include steel, building material, construction, packaging, ICT, electronics, engineering manufacturing, food, beverage, consumer goods and services.
Language skills of Thomas include fluent English and German, as well as his native Swedish, and some skills in French, Spanish and Russian.