Our Consultants

William Hall
Co-Founder / Managing Director

Will is an executive search consultant focusing on senior level searches for Entertainment/Media, Digital/Social Media, and Consumer Goods/Retail positions. Will originally started his recruiting career in Japan at a global executive recruitment firm in 2002 and built the Entertainment/Media Practice at the firm and also worked on Consumer Goods/Retail clients. …

Will is an executive search consultant focusing on senior level searches for Entertainment/Media, Digital/Social Media, and Consumer Goods/Retail positions. Will originally started his recruiting career in Japan at a global executive recruitment firm in 2002 and built the Entertainment/Media Practice at the firm and also worked on Consumer Goods/Retail clients. He then joined another executive recruitment firm as a Senior Consultant in 2005 and took the role of Representative Director/Managing Partner from 2007 to 2011. Will then joined another global executive recruitment/staffing firm as the Japan Country Manager in 2011, until Co-founding the Evander Group in July 2016 as the Managing Director.

Will is half Japanese/half Australian and was born and raised in Tokyo. He attended the American School in Japan until graduating high school, and he is fully bilingual and bicultural in both English and Japanese. Upon graduating high school in Japan, he received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Arlo Brown
Co-Founder / Managing Director

Arlo is an executive search consultant focusing on senior-level searches for financial services companies in Japan. His main focus is front office positions with investment banks and asset management companies. Originally starting his career in recruiting at a boutique executive search firm in 2006, Arlo has successfully concluded 100s of …

Arlo is an executive search consultant focusing on senior-level searches for financial services companies in Japan. His main focus is front office positions with investment banks and asset management companies. Originally starting his career in recruiting at a boutique executive search firm in 2006, Arlo has successfully concluded 100s of senior-level searches within the financial services industry. Before co-founding the Evander Group, Arlo was heading up the financial services, accounting and human resources teams at a global recruitment firm, which he joined in 2008.

Arlo is half Japanese and half American. He is fully bilingual/bicultural in both English and Japanese, having been raised in Tokyo and graduated from the American School in Japan. After graduating high school in Japan, he received a BS in Business from the University of Redlands in California.

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Steve Gouldbourn
DirectorConsumer

Steve has worked in the executive recruitment industry since 2003. During this time he has exclusively been involved in the search industry, focusing mainly on the Digital, Media, Entertainment & Consumer Electronics industries. Steven has successfully placed numerous key directors, executives and country managers into a wide range of Fortune …

Steve has worked in the executive recruitment industry since 2003. During this time he has exclusively been involved in the search industry, focusing mainly on the Digital, Media, Entertainment & Consumer Electronics industries. Steven has successfully placed numerous key directors, executives and country managers into a wide range of Fortune 500 companies.

Steve has a proven track record supporting business enter the Japan market and placing some of the most niche and historically difficult positions to hire across the region – using his extensive network and deep knowledge of his industries.

Prior to recruiting he spent a number of years in marketing for a major US online retail company in London.

Originally from Liverpool,England – Steven has graduated with a law degree from John Moores University in the UK.

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Eric But
DirectorFinancial Services

Eric started his executive search career in 2006. He has completed numerous mid to senior level front office and compliance assignments for global investment banks and investment managers. He was consistently one of the top contributors in his previous companies and joined Evander Group in Feb 2016. Born in Hong …

Eric started his executive search career in 2006. He has completed numerous mid to senior level front office and compliance assignments for global investment banks and investment managers. He was consistently one of the top contributors in his previous companies and joined Evander Group in Feb 2016.

Born in Hong Kong and immigrated to England, Eric is multilingual and proficient in English, Japanese, Cantonese Chinese and Mandarin Chinese. He graduated from London Guildhall University, now known as London Metropolitan University, in 2004.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys practicing martial arts and is an avid competitor.

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Michael Chan
DirectorConsumer

Michael has worked in recruitment in Japan from 2010, and specializes with clients in B2C sectors such as food & beverage, consumer packaged goods, hospitality and automotive and is mainly focused on mid- to senior-level recruitment within Sales, Marketing, and PR functions. With his deep knowledge and candidate network, he …

Michael has worked in recruitment in Japan from 2010, and specializes with clients in B2C sectors such as food & beverage, consumer packaged goods, hospitality and automotive and is mainly focused on mid- to senior-level recruitment within Sales, Marketing, and PR functions. With his deep knowledge and candidate network, he is particularly skilled at successfully completing difficult-to-fill roles on both a retained and contingent basis.

Prior to recruiting, he spent 2 years working in event management for a large Japanese corporation, as well as marketing and promotion of global sports properties at a boutique sports marketing agency for 5 years.

Originally from the Burnley in the U.K., Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese & Management Studies from the University of Durham and is fluent in Japanese.

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Hirokuni Kuroda
DirectorInsurance

Hiro(kuni) started his executive search career in 2004 and has been focusing on senior level roles in the insurance sector. Hiro’s specializes in actuary, underwriting & claims related senior level positions. Prior to his recruitment experience, Hiro was working in the insurance industry for over 15 years in various sales …

Hiro(kuni) started his executive search career in 2004 and has been focusing on senior level roles in the insurance sector. Hiro’s specializes in actuary, underwriting & claims related senior level positions. Prior to his recruitment experience, Hiro was working in the insurance industry for over 15 years in various sales and human resources management positions. Due to his depth of experience in both the recruitment and client side – Hiro has a strong understanding of his clients’ product offering and their unique business structures. Hiro understands his clients’ needs in detail, and can provide tailormade executive recruitment solutions according to their staffing challenges.

Hiro is originally from Kawasaki, Japan and is a graduate of Musashi Institute Technology. In his spare time he enjoys playing the piano and listening to classical music.

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Honor Makita
DirectorConsumer

Honor is an experienced executive search consultant with an extensive track record of senior management searches. Commencing her executive search career in Tokyo in 2003, Honor has specialized in the consumer retail industry, focused in fashion, luxury, outdoor/sporting goods and lifestyle brands. Covering general management, sales, marketing, merchandising and operations …

Honor is an experienced executive search consultant with an extensive track record of senior management searches. Commencing her executive search career in Tokyo in 2003, Honor has specialized in the consumer retail industry, focused in fashion, luxury, outdoor/sporting goods and lifestyle brands. Covering general management, sales, marketing, merchandising and operations functions, Honor is well-versed in the retail industry and has a strong network of senior executives at major brands across Japan and APAC.

Honor is from Sydney, Australia, and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Science. Prior to entering executive search, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry in medical sales.

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Gerald Wong
DirectorAccounting & Finance

Gerald started his recruitment career in Japan in 2000 and has placed numerous executives in various multinational and Japanese companies. He is currently a Director at Evander Group and primarily focuses on senior accounting and finance positions, as well as human resource searches. Gerald has also been recognized as one …

Gerald started his recruitment career in Japan in 2000 and has placed numerous executives in various multinational and Japanese companies. He is currently a Director at Evander Group and primarily focuses on senior accounting and finance positions, as well as human resource searches. Gerald has also been recognized as one of Asia’s top recruiters and has won several awards, including Top Consultant of the Year at a global search firm. Prior to working at Evander Group, Gerald worked at two Tokyo based boutique recruitment firms and a global recruitment firm – where he was the Accounting/HR team leader overseeing 6 staff members.

Before coming to Japan, Gerald worked as an auditor for a public accounting firm for 2 years and spent 7 years in risk management for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Gerald is originally from Vancouver, Canada and graduated from the University of British Columbia.

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Oskar Takenaka
DirectorTechnology

Oskar is an executive search consultant focusing on senior and mid-career level searches in technology, digital and business transformation. He joined Evander Group in 2018 as a Director to launch its technology practice. Oskar started his recruitment career in 2011 for one of the largest specialized recruitment firms after retiring …

Oskar is an executive search consultant focusing on senior and mid-career level searches in technology, digital and business transformation. He joined Evander Group in 2018 as a Director to launch its technology practice. Oskar started his recruitment career in 2011 for one of the largest specialized recruitment firms after retiring from a life-long dream to become a football player. Being one of the highest billing recruiters globally for the firm’s technology practice, he then joined a boutique executive search firm in 2015.

Oskar is half Swedish and half Japanese and studied Japanese language and culture at Stockholm University.

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Asim Sarwar
DirectorAccounting & Finance

Asim is an executive search consultant focusing primarily on senior level searches across all industries for Finance/Accounting professionals in Japan from 2013. Originally beginning his career at a global recruitment firm in Tokyo, Asim is bilingual and is able to provide consultation in both English and Japanese. During his tenure …

Asim is an executive search consultant focusing primarily on senior level searches across all industries for Finance/Accounting professionals in Japan from 2013. Originally beginning his career at a global recruitment firm in Tokyo, Asim is bilingual and is able to provide consultation in both English and Japanese. During his tenure in recruitment, Asim has been promoted 4 times and has won various company awards based on his achievements – including placements varying from CFO/Head of Finance level positions all the way to Junior Accountant.
Asim is originally from London, and a graduate of University of Leeds. In both high school and in university years, he has spent a few years in Kobe, Japan on an exchange program – which has led to his fluency in Japanese.

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John Taylor
DirectorTechnology

John has worked in the executive recruitment industry since 2007. John has successfully placed numerous CEOs, managers, and Sales Directors into a wide range of Fortune 500 companies in their IT Technology field. John has recruited both in Japan and Australia, with a strong track record of placing candidates from …

John has worked in the executive recruitment industry since 2007. John has successfully placed numerous CEOs, managers, and Sales Directors into a wide range of Fortune 500 companies in their IT Technology field. John has recruited both in Japan and Australia, with a strong track record of placing candidates from multiple backgrounds across different countries.

Prior to recruiting John spent two years in Inside Sales delivering value for a major global mobile company. John has graduated with an Economics degree from North Carolina State University in the USA.

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Manami Yamada
Senior ConsultantFinancial Services

Manami is an executive search consultant focusing on mid to senior level searches, for both global and domestic financial service companies operating in Japan since 2014. Her main focus is in middle and back office positions for investment banks and Asset Management companies. Manami provides only targeted, top candidates that …

Manami is an executive search consultant focusing on mid to senior level searches, for both global and domestic financial service companies operating in Japan since 2014. Her main focus is in middle and back office positions for investment banks and Asset Management companies.

Manami provides only targeted, top candidates that are the best fit for her clients, while simultaneously always providing candidates her undivided attention to help them reach their career goals.

Manami is from Yokohama, Japan and is a graduate of Tokai University.

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Tomihisa Suzuki
Senior ConsultantConsumer

Tomihisa is an executive search consultant focusing on mid to senior level searches within the Entertainment/Media, Digital, and Consumer Goods/Retail industries since 2015. Tomihisa comes from the Entertainment industry, where he pursued his career in content acquisition/licensing at a Japanese film distribution company. Tomihisa has been involved in various large …

Tomihisa is an executive search consultant focusing on mid to senior level searches within the Entertainment/Media, Digital, and Consumer Goods/Retail industries since 2015. Tomihisa comes from the Entertainment industry, where he pursued his career in content acquisition/licensing at a Japanese film distribution company.

Tomihisa has been involved in various large scale recruitment projects with companies from major players in the entertainment industry to global start-ups entering Japan.

Tomihisa was born in Sendai, Japan, and spent 3 years in his childhood living in the United States. He has a BA in Business Management from Earlham College in Indiana, USA.

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Takuya Ishikawa
Senior ConsultantInsurance

Takuya is an executive search consultant focusing on mid to senior level searches for insurance companies operating in Japan since 2015. He specializes in Sales, Operations, Actuarial roles and other positions within insurance and consulting companies. Takuya is one Evander Group’s rising stars, and consistently building his track-record and name …

Takuya is an executive search consultant focusing on mid to senior level searches for insurance companies operating in Japan since 2015. He specializes in Sales, Operations, Actuarial roles and other positions within insurance and consulting companies.

Takuya is one Evander Group’s rising stars, and consistently building his track-record and name in the market, quickly becoming the go to recruiter for insurance searches for domestic and multi-national clients.

Takuya is originally from Yokohama, Japan and has travelled to over 50 countries – which he obtained his global perspective and business fluency in English.

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