KIZASHI

Consultants

Consultants

  • Tamotsu Kondou
    Tamotsu Kondou
    President
    President: One of the founding members of KIZASHI Corporation
    Tamotsu Kondou started his career at Sanwa Bank (current Mitsubishi UFJ Bank) where he worked in branch office sales, derivative products marketing, and WEB business planning and promotion. In 2000, he joined one of the major executive search firms in Japan, and launched its Osaka office as the core member for its establishment. After assuming responsibility as General Manager of Western Japan Region, he was appointed as Director of Headhunting Business to manage all executive search projects. He has conducted a wide range of search projects including CEOs of listed companies, successor projects, and highly-specific engineer searches as a search consultant and experienced in most of the industries except in finance. In order to realize strong and powerful corporate society through headhunting activities based on his ideology, he deiced to establish KIZASHI Corporation in 2011He has conducted over 300 headhunting projects (20 CEO projects and over 100 board positions) cumulatively. He is considered as the Top Headhunter in Japan.
    Tamotsu graduated from Nagoya Institute of Technology (MS in Production System Engineering).
  • Reiko Ishikawa
    Reiko Ishikawa
    Director & Partner
    President: One of the founding members of KIZASHI Corporation
    Reiko Ishikawa worked in Patent Department of an electronics company when intellectual property strategy became the concerning issue of the time in Japan. After working for a foundation for a while, she joined Jomon Associates in 1999. She spent 13 years conducting various search projects involving manufacturer, professional firms, and distribution service industries for the Japanese and foreign clients. She contributed to the growth of Jomon by launching Nagoya Branch Office where she led the group as the General Manager. From early 2000’s, she expanded her expertise by conducting many projects to identify and recruit outside board members for numerous Japanese companies.
    in 2012, Reiko joined the founding members of KIZASHI to connect various companies contributing to the society and key business persons who act as catalysts for change to create prosperous future. She also lectures at universities for career planning and development of university students.
    Reiko graduated form Keio University (BA in Law).
  • Hideki Ishibe<
    Hideki Ishibe
    Director & Partner
    Partner: One of the founding members of KIZASHI Corporation
    Hideki Ishibe started his career at Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting where he joined their Organizational and Human resources consulting Department, working at the company for three years. He then moved to Delloite Tohmatsu Consulting and continued his work as an HR Consultant for two years. He joined Sanyo Electronics in 2003 where he worked on HR system planning, M&A and organizational reform projects in Human Resources Department and was appointed as HR Manager of China Office for 1.5 years from 2005. He joined Jomon Associates in 2007 to conduct search assignments involving corporate managers and engineers in Kansai area. In 2012, he joined the founding members of KIZASHI. Currently, he mainly works on the projects in Kansai area.
    Hideki graduated from Yokohama National University (BA in Economics).
  • Takashi Mochizuki
    Takashi Mochizuki
    Partner
    Japan Headhunter Awards MVP (2010 – Industrial Sector) and Honorable Distinction awardee (2011 – Industrial Sector) Takashi Mochizuki has been a search professional since 1998. He conducts senior-level search assignments for Japanese and multinational industrial, automotive and consumer / retail clients.
    He joined Kizashi Corporation in February 2015 after resigning from Shimamoto Parnters (a member of Penryhn International) as Corporate Officer and Partner. Prior to that Takashi headed the Industrial Practice at Heidrick & Struggles Japan. Previously he served as Managing Director (Industrial Practice) at Korn/Ferry International-Japan.
    Earlier in his career he was Director of Kosai Kogei Co., Ltd., a JASDAQ listed jewellery manufacturer, where he oversaw its IPO, completed in 1995. He was also seconded to the company’s wholesale subsidiary as President for four years.
    Takashi began his career at Toyota Motor Corporation, where for 10 years he was extensively engaged in overseas marketing of Toyota vehicles.
    He graduated from the University of Tokyo (B.A., Economics) and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.
    Takashi is Committee Chair of Columbia Business School Club of Japan.
    Wine Expert No.15724 certified by Japan Sommelier Association.
  • Yuko Shirazawa
    Yuko Shirazawa
    Consultant
    Yuko Shirazawa joined Kizashi Corporation in Nov 2016 as a consultant. Prior to join Kizashi, she was a senior associate in the Industrial Sector at Heidrick & Struggles Japan, where she took full responsibility for research and supported the consultant. She had done number of successful CEO, CFO and Country Manager searches in the area of automotive, electronics, chemical, machinery and business services in both Multinational and Japanese companies for 8 years.
    Previously she was a head of research associate of Jomon Associates, a Japanese executive search firm, for six years. There, she was involved in a number of assignments and contributed to the completions.
  • Keitaro Furuta
    Keitaro Furuta
    Consultant
    Keitaro Furuta joined Kizashi in 2020 from JAC Recruitment, a major recruiting service company in Japan. He worked on the middle management placements for clients in IT industry and assumed responsibility as a team manager. He then was selected to specialize in executive level (CEOs and board of directors) searches for domestic and global IT companies, and was involved in the placements of key personnel to implement digital transformation. He received “MVP of the year” in multiple years for his performance at JAC and was also awarded the top agent awards by several clients for his contributions over the years. At Kizashi, he provides executive search services to a wide range of clients in IT industries. He is driven and motivated to provide service to fulfill clients’ needs with ideal candidate placements to achieve top-level impact and realize growth.
    Keitaro graduated from Ritsumeikan University (BA in Social Sciences).
  • Masayuki Yamauch
    Masayuki Yamauch
    Advisor, Leadership Projects
    Dr. Yamauchi is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo. After graduating from Hokkaido University with A.B and A.M in Asian History, he earned his Ph.D in Area Studies from the University of Tokyo and worked at the university for 30 years. He has focused on Islamic history and Middle Eastern politics throughout his academic tenure, also studying modern civilization theory with a focus on leadership. He spent time abroad holding several roles such as Visiting Associate Professor at Cairo University in Egypt, Visiting Research Fellow of Turkish Historical Society in Ankara, and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He has assumed responsibilities as the first Director of the University of Tokyo Center for Middle Eastern Studies and also as Advisor to the Keidanren Forum 21. After retiring from the University of Tokyo, he has served as Specially Appointed Professor at Meiji University, Advisor to Mitsubishi Corporation, and Corporate Advisor to Fuji Television Network.
    Recent notable social contributions include his appointments as a member of the Meeting of the Advisory Council on Easing the Burden of the Official Duties and Public Activities of His Majesty the Emperor and the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan's Role and the World Order in the 21st Century, where he participated in preparing a statement by Prime Minister Abe on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
    In 2006, Dr. Yamauchi received the Purple Ribbon Medal for his contributions towards the advancement of Islamic Area Studies and History of International Relations. He has been awarded various prizes including the Prize for the Study of Developing Countries, Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities, Mainichi Publication Prize, Yoshino Sakuzo Prize (current Yomiuri-Yoshino Sakuzo Prize), and the Shiba Ryotaro Prize.
    Major publications include “An Introduction to the History of International Relations in the Middle East” (Iwanami), “Geopolitics in the Middle East and IS Activities” (Asahi Shimbun-shuppan) and “Leadership” (Shinchosha). His most recent publication on leadership is called “Shogun’s Century,” which examines Japan and its underlying psychological and behavioral principles through cross-examining the stories and lives of Edo period and analyzing the leadership theory applied to shoguns, bureaucrats and merchants at the time (Bungeishunju monthly/digital magazines).