Hiring Uptick Seen In North Asia

September 28, 2015 – Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company that provides talent acquisition solutions, has added Dr. Jack Gau as managing director, North Asia. Dr. Gau will be responsible for Futurestep’s growth strategy in North Asia; he will be working together with the Asia Pacific and global leadership teams across all of Futurestep’s lines of business. He will be based in the company’s Shanghai office.

Dr. Gau joins Futurestep with a strong consulting background, having worked with several global consulting firms. He is an expert in operational strategy and performance improvement, and has led projects across a wide range of industries including telecommunications, electronics, software, semiconductor, automotive, chemical and private equity. Dr. Gau’s professional experience spans the U.S., China, Japan and Europe. He previously served as a director at management consulting firm Value Partners Management Consulting and before that was a partner with Monitor Deloitte. His experience also includes stints with Accenture, AlixPartners, PRTM, and McKinsey.

“We are excited to have someone of Jack’s pedigree joining us and are confident that his expertise in leading sizable client transformations will continue to drive our growth in China, expanding our market penetration and presence,” said Sue Campbell, managing director, Asia.

Many cities in North Asia are anticipating tremendous employment growth across a wide range of industries, according to data compiled by Hunt Scanlon Media. The Hong Kong market has again held on to its ranking as the most economically free market in the world, according to the Fraser Institute. A recent study by the Milken Institute found that the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu has the best economy of any city in mainland China; Shanghai and Tianjin came second and third. In Shanghai, China’s financial hub and a global finance center, employers expect to grow staffing levels in a number of industry sectors and all nine regions, according to a recent Manpower employment index report.

In Japan, Tokyo employers report the region’s most optimistic hiring plans and expect the strongest hiring in more than six years.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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