Markus Gfeller, Swiss citizen, holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration with focus on Marketing and International Banking from Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration.

In 1986 Markus started a banking career with Credit Suisse in Bern and Zurich with a strong Asian focus in International Corporate Banking. In 1994 he moved to Tokyo for German BayernLB as Head of Credit. He returned to the bank’s headquarters in Munich in 2002 and took on the corporate banking business restructure in the Northern German territory. Enthusiastic about Asia he returned to Japan in 2005 to accept change management assignments with German technology Group HARTING and Swiss security solution provider KABA in both positions as Managing Director and President.

In 2009 Markus joined G&S Japan K.K. as Senior Partner and assumed the position as President after the acquisition of the company in June 2011. Predominantly he focuses on German, Swiss and Austrian companies, particular in the field of executive search, market entry and expansion, and change management. Since March 2010, he officially represents the Bern Economic Development Agency (BEDA) of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland to promote Japanese corporate investments (headquarters, business centers, etc.) in this region. As a long-term resident of Japan, Markus is an experienced senior executive with more than 21 years local management expertise within multinational environments. He is also well connected and active in the Swiss and German speaking communities in Japan.

G&S Japan K.K. was established in year 2005 and it is a founding partner of G&S Asia Group which has offices in Asia, Europe and the United States. G&S Japan K.K. is a highly specialized corporate consulting and retained executive search firm, predominantly supporting privately owned German, Swiss and Austrian businesses in Japan. The service360 from G&S Japan K.K. offers outstanding value added services via a single point of contact to source specific needs on behalf of our clients. Our corporate mission is to provide outstanding service to our clients with an aim to build and maintain a long-term, trustworthy relationship. G&S Japan K.K. is owned and managed by Markus Gfeller.

Professional Experience

 2009 – Present G&S Japan K.K., Tokyo

President & CEO

2010 – Present Bern Economic Development Agency (BEDA), Tokyo

Official Representative in Japan

2007 – 2009               Nihon Kaba K.K. (now dormakaba Group), Yokohama

President & Representative Director

2005 – 2007               HARTING K.K., Yokohama

Managing Director & CFO

2002 – 2005          Bayerische Landesbank Group (now BayernLB), Munich

EVP, Senior Global Corporate Relationship Manager

1998 – 2002               Bayerische Landesbank Tokyo Branch

FVP, Key Account Officer and Head International Corporations

1994 – 1998               Bayerische Landesbank Tokyo Branch

VP, Regional Head of Credit for Japan and Korea

1988 – 1994               Credit Suisse Group, Zurich

Foreign Loan Officer, Japan Desk

1986 – 1987          Swiss Volksbank (now Credit Suisse Group), Bern

Pension Fund Management


 1988 – 1992         B.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration, Zurich

Professional Associations

Member of Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis, Düsseldorf

Member of German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (GCCIJ), Tokyo

Member of Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCIJ), Tokyo

Member of The Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan (FCCJ), Tokyo

Member of the Tokyo American Club (TAC), Tokyo


Former Vice President of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

President of the Section Education of the Swiss Club Tokyo

Contact Details

G&S Japan K.K.

Corporate Consulting

The Plaza F Building 801

5-35-15 Narita-Higashi, Suginami-ku

Tokyo 166-0015, Japan

Tel. +81 (0)3-6323-6975

Fax +81 (0)3-6321-4816

Mobile +81 (0)80-6628-3456