IMSA Adds New Member Firm in Japan

February 24, 2021 – Executive search network IMSA Search Global Partners has added Evander Group in Japan as its newest member firm. William Hall and his partner, Arlo Brown, both veteran search professionals in Japan, founded Evander Group in 2016 to provide executive recruitment solutions to clients and to bridge potential culture gaps in the Japanese market. Both were born and raised in Japan, graduated from the American School in Japan (ASIJ), and attended universities in the U.S., before returning home to Japan to build careers in global search. “At IMSA Search, we value collaboration, teamwork and building strong relationships,” said Monika Ciesielska, president of IMSA Search Global Partners. “IMSA Japan shares this principle, having demonstrated a deep commitment to their long list of repeat clients, as well as the continuing relationships with the executives they place. We are so much stronger when we work together.”

Evander Group specializes in consumer – consumer tech, entertainment/media, FMCG/retail and fashion, digital/social, and financial services – banking /asset management and insurance. “We believe in getting to know our clients and candidates on a personal level,” said Mr. Hall. “We are moving people, not just ‘talent.’ When dealing with people’s futures, the humanizing connection is central – we look to really understand both the individual’s career and personal ambitions, leading to a trusted relationship supporting their future.”

Mr. Hall is already seeing clients push for growth in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Joining IMSA Search offers the opportunity to serve clients globally as well as locally: “Our clients are looking past the current pandemic, positioning themselves for the new norm and future, and seeking innovative leaders,” he said. “IMSA Search Global Partners continues to proactively expand their global footprint, develop new ways of attracting global talent, and meet expanded client demands.”

Japanese Market

IMSA Japan sees a lot of movement globally in C-Suite leadership, including many Japanese nationals returning to Japan from overseas executive positions. Global access to internationally minded senior executive candidates who can bridge the headquarter vision with local cultural business practices, is critical to success in Japan, IMSA Search says. “Now, with the ability to connect from your living room, where you live no longer necessarily equates to where you work, Mr. Hall said. “Therefore, we anticipate more remote international / regional opportunities from different geographies. IMSA Artificial Intelligence (IMSA’s search automation platform) is perfect for top executives looking to explore global opportunities, and as such, is an excellent tool for us moving forward.”

IMSA Search Global Partners is a leading international executive search network with 22 member countries and 47 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Members of the IMSA International Executive Search network are all boutique search firms.

Preferred Assessment Provider

Following an in-depth evaluation of psychometric assessment platforms, IMSA Search recently announced its selection of Hogan Assessment Systems as its preferred assessment provider. Consultants will now be able to offer valuable personality insights to clients across the globe.

Hogan’s psychometrics provide hiring managers with in-depth understanding of a candidate’s future job performance, including everyday strengths and weaknesses, performance risks, and alignment with organizational culture. The platform is designed to identify candidates’ strengths and weaknesses without discriminating against any person in terms of race, gender, appearance, religion, beliefs, etc.

IMSA Expands Board to Strengthen Presence in North America and Latin America

IMSA Search Global Partners has elected Mitchell Berger to its board of directors. He has also been appointed regional director for North America and Latin America. In his new role, Mr. Berger will concentrate on further building IMSA Search’s presence in these regions.

“It is critical to ascertain the negative as well as the positive traits in candidates,” said Stig-Rune Reese, managing partner of IMSA Norway, head of IMSA Search assessment center of excellence. “For example, narcissism and hypocrisy are common in high-level executives. These can disrupt relationships and derail success. Knowing about a person’s tendencies toward these in advance can help mitigate future workplace issues before they arise.” Mr. Reese also emphasized that the Hogan assessments can help to eliminate bias from the hiring process.

“Hogan is reliable, data driven and scientific,” said Ms. Ciesielska. “It takes our assessments to a much deeper level, increasing confidence in the search process and resulting in greater success for our clients.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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