Tokyo-Based HCCR Adds Five Consultants to Search Staff

June 6, 2018 – HCCR (Human Capital Consulting & Recruiting), a Tokyo-based specialist executive search firm, has expanded with the addition of five consultants. The new hires will complement the firm’s existing team and core areas of focus, namely the automotive and associated technology markets, such as AI, machine learning, embedded systems, wireless and cloud solutions.

These strategic hires joined the firm during the Japan Automotive Engineering Expo. The new Tokyo team members are Leonard Anderson, Rey Ladrillono, Kazushi Nakazato, Tsutomu Nagasawa and Taichiro Ishida. All of the new consultants have more than 10 years of executive search experience in their respective markets.

“Being able to bring 60-plus years of automotive and tech recruiting experience in-house is a coup, and will enable us to more strategically and extensively support our client’s talent acquisition needs,” said Casey Abel, managing director of HCCR. “Events such as the Japan Automotive Engineering Expo continue to attract record numbers of attendees and illustrate the growing convergence between automotive and technology markets.”

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Mr. Anderson, who will lead the firm’s semiconductor and industrial practice, has recruited in the Japan semiconductor market for the past 14 years. He possesses a strong track record in delivering high-impact searches for regional leadership roles in Japan and the APAC region, while also delivering niche technical talent solutions across a variety of domains. Mr. Anderson was previously a partner in the semiconductor and industrial practice at the Ingenium Group, a boutique executive search firm in Tokyo.

Mr. Ladrillono is the new leader of HCCR’s APAC automotive practice. He brings 12 years of recruitment experience in automotive and industrial markets supporting foreign multinational companies operating in Japan to identify and attract senior management and engineering talent for their regional operations. Previously, Mr. Ladrillono was director of global automotive/industrial for Tokyo-headquartered search firm Zensho Agency Inc.

Mr. Nakazato began his career as a materials engineer focused on powertrain-related materials before becoming a specialist recruitment consultant. He brings over 16 years of hands-on recruitment expertise in automotive, general industrial and IT markets. Previously, he held senior consultant roles with Tokyo-based search firms Intelligence Global Search and JAC Recruitment.

Mr. Nagasawa brings over 25 years of cumulative experience in automotive engineering, executive search and technical recruitment. He started as an automotive engineer, then progressed to a career as a recruitment consultant covering automotive and general manufacturing industries. Mr. Nagasawa previously spent more than 12 years as a recruiter with ISS Consulting.


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Mr. Ishida has been delivering talent solutions in the Japan market for the past 10 years and has deep knowledge of the Japanese manufacturing sector. He is expected to play a key role in HCCR’s expansion of its managed talent solutions, part of the firm’s growing talent solutions portfolio.

“In these times of immense technical change across automotive and associated technical markets, both our Japanese and international clients face urgent needs to continue to recruit external talent for engineering, business development and corporate leadership roles,” said Masumi Hamano, executive consultant. “I am excited at the prospect of working alongside our new members in delivering our talent solutions portfolio to our clients.”

HCCR said that the firm is “deeply aware of the technological changes impacting a variety of industries from the introduction of connected, smart and autonomous technologies and looks to continue to position itself in the center of these convergences.”

“We are excited to continue building on our differentiated platform of high-touch, research centric talent solutions for our clients in Japan,” said Sean Travers, managing director. “The addition of our five new members now brings our Tokyo team to 15 consultants. Since day one, we’ve made a conscious effort to focus on hiring the very best consultants available in the market – experts possessing specific industry knowledge, along with deep networks and consulting experience. 2018 is already shaping up to be a record-breaking year for HCCR.”

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

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