Michael Gralapp serves as Executive Vice President in the firm’s Beijing office. Originally from the United States, Michael has been working in the Asian market for over 20 years, including the past 11 years in China. His previous executive roles have included CEO, President, COO and Managing Director across multiple offices, cultures, and countries including the USA, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.
Prior to entering the executive search industry, Michael spent several years consulting for CTVB, a subsidiary division of China Central Television (CCTV), helping to establish their customer service call center as well as consulting on the marketing of their in house brands. Michael was also the pioneer of the first home shopping network in China, TVSN, which today has over 150 operators and is the largest home shopping company in China.
More recently, he spent several years establishing new businesses in China that included consumer products, water treatment and windmill energy. Before gaining expertise in these fields, he was a market leader in the industries and functions of technology, manufacturing, import & export, sales & marketing, TV production, business development and Government relations.
Michael began his career in retail for USA-based Nordstrom specialty stores where he spent nearly 10 years. He left Nordstrom as a General Merchandise Manager responsible for 3 stores, 25 buyers and over US$100 million in annual retail sales. During this time, he spent many years traveling throughout Asia in search of new manufacturing facilities and consumer products. There he was able to witness firsthand the growth throughout Asia from its nascent stages.
In both his corporate career and his executive search career, Michael has been instrumental in placing senior executive candidates in industrial, renewable energy, consumer products, IT, automotive and government relations. Michael has also added tremendous value in developing training programs and has been involved with the immediate success of all new hires.