Who’s Who – Mr. Erik Friis Mondorf, President & Representative Director of Milestone Systems K.K.
Date:September 29, 2016 NEWS
Mr. Mondorf has lived in Japan for 19 years. Before joining Milestone Systems in February 2014, he worked for the Trade Council at the Danish Embassy in Japan, Accenture in Denmark, as well as the East Asiatic Company. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Technical University of Denmark, studied Japanese at Nagoya University, and also holds a master’s degree in economics from Shinshu University.
Q: What is Milestone Systems all about?
Founded in 1998 in Denmark, Milestone Systems is the global industry leader in open platform video management software. We protect people and assets by delivering powerful surveillance that is easy to manage, reliable and proven in more than 150,000 customer installations around the world. Milestone operates as a stand-alone company in the Canon Group.
Q: Any news from the company?
We are doing business in 130 countries through certified distributors and system integrators. We are strong in the US and EMEA and now stepping up activities in APAC including Japan - so if you need video surveillance, please contact us at http://www.milestonesys.com/ja/contact.
Q: Have you lived in other countries besides Japan?
Born and raised in Denmark. Also lived in Sweden (Stockholm)
Q: What about your hobbies?
I like going to open-air hot springs (and enjoying a cold Japanese beer afterwards)! Skiing.
Q: What do you like about Japan?
The sincerity of the Japanese people and consideration for fellow colleagues and business partners. The scale of business and commitment to honor what you (finally) agreed to do! Also I like the food here and Japan keeps me away from the Danish winter!
Q: What do you miss about Denmark?
Danish midsummer evenings!
Q: What is your favorite food/dish?
Sashimi, yakitori, and teppanyaki.
Q: If you become the governor of Tokyo now, what would you do/change?
Remove all fax machines from public offices and email-enable the entire organization. Further, extend the Tokyo metropolitan government’s current real-time interpretation services for shoppers, to signboard translation services for department stores, train and metro stations, public offices, etc. – on second thoughts, this would mean less fun reading them! And of course, allocate sufficient funds for building suitable surveillance systems prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Q: If you can attend Tokyo Olympics and anything is possible, in which sport would you like to participate?
I assisted the Danish broadcaster, DR, during the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998 and the Games are simply fantastic! If I could be 20 years old in 2020, then I would definitely go for Judo.
Q: What do you expect from DCCJ?
To organize events for knowledge-intake-and-sharing such as seminars inviting internal and external speakers. Everything involving businesses between Denmark and Japan.
Milestone is pleased to be a DCCJ web banner sponsor.