President: One of the founding members of KIZASHI Corporation
Tamotsu Kondou started his career at Sanwa Bank (current Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Bank) where he worked in branch office sales, derivative products marketing, and WEB business planning and promotion. In 2000, he joined Jomon Associates, 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).
Director & Partner
Partner: 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).
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).
Yoshio joined Kizashi Corporation in September 2014, and focuses on senior-level and specialist search assignments for life science, health care and consumer goods clients, in both industrial and retail sectors.
He has extensive business experience in the health care sector for 20 years. He worked for Tokuhon Corporation, a 110-years old analgesic plaster manufacturer, for six years, four years of which he was President and Representative Director. Prior to that, he served as Operating Officer at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. His responsibilities included corporate planning and overseas pharmaceutical business. He was heavily involved in global development and commercialization of “ABILIFY”(aripiprazole), a blockbuster anti-psychotic drug originated from Otsuka.
Yoshio started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, where for 11 years he was assigned to various posts in Tokyo and Moscow. He then was Associate at McKinsey & Company Japan for 4 years.
He graduated from Sophia University (B.A., Russian Language and Area Studies).
From June 2016 Yoshio is an Outside Director of Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
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.
Hisaaki has over 10 years of executive search and HR consulting business experiences. He has conducted various senior-level search assignments for consulting, M&A advisory, private equity portfolio companies, and Japanese and multinational companies. Hisaaki’s achievement in human resource consulting are establishment of corporate vision/mission, management evaluation, and organizational development for companies in various stages.
He also has over 10 years of experience as a management consultant and another 10 years as a management executive of business entities. At Accenture and A.T. Kearney, he experienced projects for strategy development as well as operation, organizational reform, and system integration for US, European and Japanese companies. He also managed bio-healthcare venture company, launched executive search service and led management training business for Globis Group, and developed business strategy for company invested by a foreign private equity fund.
Hisaaki earned a BA in International Economics at Yokohama National University, an MA in Political Science at University of Hawaii with Rotary Foundation Scholarship, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Partner for Leadership Consulting Service
Yoichi Nakano is a partner in the firm, responsible for leadership consulting services. Yoichi has 20 years of professional service experiences in Japan, and combines a unique blend of management consulting, executive search and leadership consulting experience in Japan.
Prior to joining Kizashi, Yoichi was a partner of Heidrick and Struggles Japan, a major global executive search and leadership consulting company. He was leading its leadership consulting service in Japan while doing CEO and C-class executive searches for both Japanese and foreign companies. Before Heidrick, Yoichi was a partner of Jomon Associates, a Japanese executive search company, which is a member of the Amrop Hever Group and focuses on Japanese family-owned companies. He was a consultant in specializing in CEO and COO search in his early years at Jomon and then led the executive assessment business as well as the succession planning consulting service.
Yoichi also has 6 years’ experience as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Japan, whereby he focused on organizational and leadership issues at the top management level. Prior to that, Yoichi was in Washington, D.C., working for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group as the Investment Officer in charge of IFC’s investment in the Middle East and North Africa.
Having lived and worked in the U.S. and the Middle East for 11 years and then coming back to Japan to work on Japanese client’s issues as management consultant and executive leadership consultant, Yoichi has become equipped with multi-cultural perspectives and skill sets in his leadership consulting services.
Yoichi holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.B.A. from Keio University, Tokyo Japan. He also holds another master degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston in the U.S.
Yuko Shirazawa joined Kizashi Corporation in Nov 2016 as a consultant. Prior to join Kizashi, she was a senior associate in the Industrial Sector, 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.
Muneshige Shigaki started his career at Panasonic (formerly Matsushita Electric Industrial) in 1992 where he worked on devise distribution to Asia, business establishment in China, and reconstruction of Asia businesses. After 2 years of overseas experience with the company exchange program, he was involved in the launch of the human resources development program for leaders of the next generation.
Muneshige joined MISUMI Group in 2008 to provide strategic development of future managers and recruitment specialized in executives. From 2014, he had promoted work style reform using Toyota Production System as the General Manger of Human Resources and General Administration Departments at Take and Give Needs. In 2017, he joined Kizashi with his passion to realize establishment of social infrastructure to connect people and businesses by taking a role as an accompanist of business remodeling and industrial restructuring.
In addition to his business experiences in different industries such as manufacturing, distribution, and services, he has also been exposed to various departments including human resources, sales, and planning. He has in-depth knowledge of career development, executive coaching, and psychological counseling.
Muneshige earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kwaisei Gakuin University and his Master’s degree in Knowledge Science from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.