We work diligently to understand our clients' needs and our experienced, industry specific consultants, and dedicated research group are perfectly positioned to deliver fast, high quality executive search services.

Our consultants specialize in a practice area, have deep networks and are well regarded in their respective space. We have a unique mix of Japanese and non-Japanese consultants all with extensive business experience in Japan and overseas.

Our executive recruitment methodology includes:

  • Careful market mapping by industry savvy, bilingual researchers enables us to build an accurate assessment of the suitability, potential interest and availability of talent.
  • The use of a proprietary, competency-based framework that we share with clients to help them identify desired skills and leadership behaviors.
  • In-depth, face-to-face interviews with potential candidates where we drill down on how they lead, how they overcome adversity, what drives them to succeed as well as their emotional intelligence quotient (EQ).
  • We do detailed reference checking with the candidate's former managers, peers, direct reports, customers and business partners.
  • Professional & Personality Profiling is a powerful method of predicting how someone will typically behave, based on the distribution and combination of fundamental personality traits. We can make this available in both Japanese and English if our clients would like to use it with their finalist candidates.


One of the firms we use is Garuda Corporation - a leading provider of profiling tools used for recruitment and employee development. Finn Havaleschka is the founder and CEO.

CDS Executive follows standards set by the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) as well as by JESRA (Japan Executive Search and Recruitment Association) which regulates local executive search companies.