Our Team


Marc-Andre Bergevin

Marc-Andre started recruiting in Tokyo in 2001 for one of the most prominent and fastest growing IT recruiting firms where he learned the dynamic of the Japan IT market as well as the recruiting methodologies. Later he moved to one of the top and most established recruiting firm in Japan where he quickly became a top producer, best team leader, and finally Shikko Yakuin or Executive Managing Officer. Marc-Andre hired, trained, and led the highest performing teams across the IT, management consulting, insurance, financial services, and legal industries and was consistently among the top performing search consultant who has successfully carried out placements for senior-level positions such as Partner, CFO, Managing Director, and Country Manager etc. Marc-Andre moved to Singapore in 2011 to expand the scope of his recruiting experience across all Asian Countries. Prior to moving into executive recruitment, he was a director (youngest director in the firms’ history) and trader in Desjardins Capital Markets, and DS trading in institutional fixed income, corporate, convertible, and municipal debentures. He studied Financial Analysis at the University of Quebec in Montreal, options & derivatives courses from the Canadian Securities Institute as well as Financial Risk Management from the educational arm of the Montreal Stock Exchange


Yojiro Konuma

Prior to join EXEC-SEARCH PARTNERS, Yojiro was a young and talented leader in the Global Marketing Division of Sony Corporation. With a remarkable performance, he was selected and assigned to Singapore at the age of 25, and cultivated and grew the BRAVIA business (Sony TV brand) in the Key emerging markets such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka in a extremely rapid speed. With his professional background and excellent talent as a business person and a Marketer himself, Yojiro has succeeded as a executive recruiter/headhunter in the fastest speed, gaining huge trust from the clients and candidates he approaches and communicates. In person wise, coming from a international & bilingual background (Overseas education), he has a perfect mixture of the Japanese hard-core commitment and dedication / hardworking spirit, together with the Western frank, casual and friendly attitude. His talent/skill as a business person and executive recruiter/headhunter is superb, and his outstanding commitment and dedication to achieve the extra-mile results will surely help you to maximize your career.


Manish Gupta

Manish is an experienced Senior HR/Talent Acquisition Practitioner with end-to-end expertise in the IT&T, Human Capital, Management Consulting, Online & Internet, e-Commerce, Online Travel & Tourism, Healthcare and Finance industry etc. Manish started his recruiting career in India and 2000 and covered India & US markets. He has extensive knowledge in the staffing industry, recruitment processes and corporate HR in MNC organizations like Tata, HP, Expedia and Red Hat. Manish has an outstanding track record in recruitment for key positions at an executive level, senior and middle management with the ability to interact and relate with a broad spectrum of people from different cultural backgrounds at all levels. He has hands on experience in recruiting, sourcing, qualifying, validation, company/candidate co-ordination and contributing to new business in Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) for the C-level, regional and country specific positions. Manish moved to Singapore in 2007 to expand the scope of his recruiting experience across all Asian Countries. He has steered the highly successful recruiting teams. He mentored and trained the teams to reach their maximum potential and supported the corporates to hire the best talent at the executive and mid to senior levels. He has won many awards and recognition for outstanding efforts and transforming a number of hires through Strategic Staffing in Singapore and APJ region. He has degree in Arts and has a strong technology background. He loves Wildlife and Nature photography, Music, Travelling, Cooking.


Kimiko Nakano

Kimiko Nakano brings a wealth of experience in recruiting and career consulting to EXEC-SEARCH PARTNERS beginning in 2005 with one of the oldest and most established recruiting firms in Japan. Over the course of her career she has worked with clients and professionals across a plethora of industries with specialty in the IT, consumer, strategy consulting and finance area. Working in a variety of roles from researcher to Senior Consultant Kimiko has successfully completed several junior, mid and high-ranking placements including CFO, Marketing Director and Sales Director both here in Japan and abroad. Always a team player she has been responsible for training staff in recruiting techniques and procedures. Having spent time studying and living abroad, Kimiko possesses and unique blend and understanding of both Japanese and Western culture. She takes great pleasure in bringing a friendly attitude to her job and improving the careers of those she meets.


Dan Corbeil

Dan has been in Asia for over 20 years and has been doing recruiting in Tokyo and APAC since 2000. Born in Canada and lived in Japan, Hong Kong and the US, he traveled extensively in Asia and everywhere in Japan except for 2 prefectures, where he was able to meet, speak and get in the heart of their society. Dan understands what Japanese people want, don’t want, the way they do business, and the way they think. Dan is responsible for remote recruiting, research, new client acquisition, business development, as well as mid-career and leadership level searches. He thrives for success and is passionate to help find the right people and shape worldwide major corporations in order for them to achieve their growth plans, as well as find appropriate opportunities for candidates to fully use their potential and skill up their career. He implements his recruiting practice on Knowledge, Integrity, Conscientiousness, and Effectiveness. Dan joined ESP based on its ethics, professionalism, business principles, and successful consulting services. You will certainly be able to recognize these characteristics when speaking with him. He is very confident to overachieve and provide a high quality service, well above market expectations, to both Clients and Candidates. His major business goal is to have an abundance of successful people around him. Dan enjoys surfing and traveling in his free time


Kentaro Tamai

Kentaro started his career in a leading human resource services company, Intelligence, Ltd., and he was in charge of sales for corporate recruiting ads. He proposed recruiting methods and worked as a market analyst for small-and-medium-sized to large listed companies. Even amidst an economic downturn after the Lehman Shock of 2008, he achieved an outstanding result by maintaining & developing client relations. At 25 years old, he entered an American graduate school (Middlebury Institute of International Studies) in California to acquire an international business sense as well as deep insights and knowledge. He studied International Marketing in the Business School. After graduating from the Business School in 2014, Kentaro participated in managing a multi-language and communication consulting company, Amic International Inc. as a director. His duties consisted of business strategy, management planning, marketing, recruiting, and other general company tasks. Kentaro is personally interested in the globalization of Japanese individuals and corporates and enthusiastically engages in international activities. Following his work as a business manager, Kentaro moved to Singapore as an executive recruiter, wishing to contribute his expertise to globalizing Japanese enterprises. From his experiences as a manager and his career change, Kentaro has a wealth of knowledge of both B to C and B to B businesses. He has received critical acclaim from both candidates and clients and also supports the recruitment of middle to executive level new talent. Kentaro loves sports and during his free time he enjoys playing basketball, soccer, jogging, and triathlon.


Andrew MacKinlay

Andrew MacKinlay has been an Executive Search Consultant helping international firms to succeed here in the Japanese market since 2005. Specialized primarily in the insurance industry - he has run teams focused on Life, P&C and Reinsurance as well as servicing Retail & Reinsurance Brokerages and Actuarial Consulting Firms. With solid recruiting methodologies, he has a proven ability to execute retained, exclusive or contingent searches continuously and with a very high-level of success. As well as having placed CEO, CFO, CMO, Managing Directors and other Executive Officer level candidates within the insurance industry throughout Japan and Asia for over 12 years, he has also built teams to recruit in various other sectors including IT, legal, management consulting, asset management and multi-media. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Manchester, he worked as an IT project manager in London for a few years before travelling around Asia visiting China, Tibet, India & Nepal before finally settling in Tokyo. A fun-loving father of three, you can usually find him playing with his kids in the park at the weekends if not on the golf course or playing guitar on stage. "My passion is to help foreign insurance businesses to grow here in Asia, most especially Japan, and to assist ambitious professionals to progress towards their career goals.”


Puja Sarup Dhar

Puja is a result-oriented and experienced Human Resources Professional with expertise in the areas of Talent Acquisition/Recruitment as well as General HR. With a Master’s degree specializing in Human Resources (MMS) from Sydenham Institute of Management, India and a Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certification from Human Resources Certification Institute, USA to her credit, she has a demonstrated background in Recruitment with the ability to identify and engage the best candidate for the right job, with a range of sourcing strategies and tools. Puja began her career in the Human Resources field in the year 2000. Her first role was of a Human Resources Generalist Manager for a CPA firm in India, where she successfully helped them in centralizing all their HR functions. Thereafter, she moved to USA and worked as an Executive Recruiter with different firms giving her exposure, both, to the Corporate as well as Agency recruiting services in the US market. Utilising her relationship-building and stakeholder-management skills, she developed effective working relationships with both internal and client stakeholders alike. Puja rendered her services to both medium sized companies such as the Express Professional Staffing and Smart IMS Inc. and also to larger Corporations such as the Louis Dreyfus Corporation. She has successfully hired professionals for junior, mid-level and senior-level positions across various industries with specialty in the Information Technology, Finance, Consulting and Commodities sector. Puja joined Exec-Search Partners as an Executive Search Consultant in 2019 and covering the APAC region. Puja is a “people’s person” with strong interpersonal skills to network and collaborate with the senior stakeholders. She enjoys working in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment. She is self-motivated, committed, dependable and a great team player. In her free time she loves reading books and listening to music.