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Alexey Leyko

Alex Leyko

Senior Executive Director

IT/Digital/Internet

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With over a decade of continuous executive recruiting success, Alex Leyko, who has resided in Japan for the past 20 years, specializes in IT/High Tech industry, both B2B and B2C with a focus on multinational clients in SW, HW, Internet and Entertainment.

His broad experience also includes FMCG and Professional services. Fluent in both English and Japanese, Alex also loves to travel and surf.

Pawel Ciesielski

Pawel Ciesielski

Senior Executive Director

FMCG

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With over a decade of experience, Pawel is one of the premier recruiters in Retail & Luxury in Japan.

His main area of focus is Senior Executives for marketing-driven & customer-focused companies.

He specializes on C-level, General Management, Senior Marketing, Senior Sales and Senior Operations positions. He also leads the Consumer & Retail practice in Tokyo.

Pawel is originally from Poland, holds a master’s degree in Law from one of major universities in Poland and is fluent in Japanese.

Steve Peak

Steve Peak

Director

Microelectronics

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With over two decades of experience working with East West Consulting K.K., Steve specializes in the various technologies associated with microelectronics such as semiconductor, energy, PCB, FPD, electronic materials and others.

He makes long term commitments to helping companies, provides stability and possesses a deep knowledge of the Japanese market. He has made numerous placements with sales people, engineers and presidents.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

Director

Real Estate

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Since joining East West Consulting in 2002, Brandon has become one of the top consultants in the real estate market. Many of the excellent candidates he has introduced over the years have become major players in the market today.

Positions include acquisitions, asset management, valuation, property management, architectural project management, interior design, facility management, SPC accounting, J-REIT, IR, etc.

Nobuo Imamura

Nobuo Imamura

Executive Consultant

Finance/​Real Estate/​Private Equity

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Nobuo Imamura joined East West Consulting in October 2000, after working at a major Japanese bank. He has 20 years of experience in this business. He specializes in overall finance, and has excellent track records in private equity, real estate, M&A and IR. Outside of finance he also demonstrates strengths in searching for candidates in top management positions such as CEO, CFO and CIO.

His search credo has always been: introducing companies where he himself would love to work to candidates whom he would love to work together.

At his previous job at a Japanese bank, he worked for 10 years in Japan and 7 years in Europe, specializing in a wide range of finance deals such as corporate loans, capital markets, securities business, airline finance, etc. He graduated from Keio University with major in law.
TOEIC score: 940

Nicolas Rafenomanjato

Nicolas Rafenomanjato

Executive Consultant

Retail/Luxury

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Since his transfer to Tokyo back in 2007, Nicolas has been a contributing force to our East West team for more than a decade.

Following a career initialed in Europe within the field of retail luxury, Nicolas came onboard with extensive experience in consumer and retail industries both in house and as a consultant.

His main focus is in fashion, cosmetics and luxury consumer goods coupling as a career adviser and professional consultant.

Koji Saito

Koji Saito

Executive Consultant

IT/Consulting/Back Office

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Koji Saito has accumulated nearly two decades of career as a recruiter at EWC since joining us in 2003.
He started out his professional career as an engineer at an IT company, and since he gained experience in organizational management and global projects at business companies.
He is empowered to understand candidates' work experience and desires in detail. This means he is capable of providing clients with high-quality services.
He mainly introduces candidates to IT vendors, system integrators and business consulting firms. The candidates he introduces ranges widely in terms of age and experience, from experienced executives to junior-level professionals, including both specialists such as sales, system engineers, consultants, project managers, as well as their managers and back office staffs.
He graduated from Tokyo Denki University.

Christopher Weikel

Christopher Weikel

Osaka Branch Manager

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Christopher joined EWC in 2010. He is an active, well-connected member of the Kansai business community and has a deep understanding of the local market.

He works in a diverse range of industries, providing both retained and success-based search. He is a long-time resident of Kobe, but grew up in New York and Washington D.C.

Tyler Parnell

Tyler Parnell

Team Leader

Advertising & PR/Communications

Originally from Canada, Tyler owned and operated his own business before moving abroad to Japan. Joining East West Consulting in 2010 he was quickly promoted to Consultant and later Senior Consultant in less than 3 years.

He currently manages a team of 5 people specializing in all aspects of the advertising & communications industry. Tyler has earned success through his self-motivation, determination, and straight forward approach.

He is very confident in providing top quality service and proud of the strong, long lasting client relationships he has developed.

Jeffery O’Harrow

Jeffery O’Harrow

Team Leader

Finance

Fluent in both Japanese and English as well as maintaining an acute understanding in both cultures, Jeffery’s background entails 5 years of experience as Vice President of Financial Services for JP Morgan back in the USA.

Having joined East West Consulting, his level of expertise lies in the financial services field including (but not limited to) Asset Management, Private Equity, Corporate & Investment Banking. He is the most likable and capable person to rely on to execute your needs.

Mike Chang

Mike Chang

Senior Consultant, Osaka

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Mike joined EWC in 2007 as one of the start-up members of EWC’s Osaka Branch. He was instrumental in developing EWC’s business in Western Japan from the ground-up, building a strong network and was quickly promoted to Senior Consultant.

He has extensive experience recruiting senior level professionals for a multitude of industries in Japan and the Asia Pacific.

Mike is Taiwanese-Canadian and grew up in Vancouver, Canada.

Jeffery O’Harrow

Sachiko Kitsukawa

Senior Consultant

Finance

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Sachiko Kitsukawa joined East West Consulting K. K. in 1990 and, combining her previous experience at a recruitment firm, has more than 30 years of experience in this business. Her specialty is finance industry throughout her recruiting career, and she has introduced a wide range of professionals, such as analysts, strategists and sales, mainly for securities and investment trust and advisory companies. She actively keeps contact and maintains dealings with client companies for over 10 years, and she has played an important role in the solid trust that East West Consulting has built so far.

Based on her long experience and appropriate career advices built upon her market insight, she provides the best matching services between client companies and excellent professionals. She graduated from International Christian University.

Hardi Peetsalu

Hardi Peetsalu

Senior Consultant

PE/VC and Professional Services

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Hardi, originally from Estonia, is a Senior Consultant of East West Consulting and a Professional Services Team Leader. Joined to EWC since 2015. He has introduced excellent candidates for the top-level positions at professional service, private equity and management consulting firms.

Always highly motivated and keeping calm in any situation, he provides best solutions to candidates in efficient manners. He won EWC Award of Excellence in 2018.

For 10 years before coming to Japan, he worked in SEB Bank Estonia. He was the manager of SEB's largest branch Office in Estonia in early 2010's.

Hardi graduated with B.Sc. in Natural Resources Management from Estonian University of Life Sciences in 2004, and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the Tallinn University in Estonia in 2014.