John Thrower – Director

Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m originally from England and after graduating from Brunel University with a B.Sc. in Biology, I worked in clinical diagnostics and later for the Department of Health. I then moved to Japan in 2003 and have been working in executive search for the medical device and pharmaceutical industries here in Tokyo since 2005. I originally came to Japan because I wanted to experience working in another country and have stayed for nine years because of the very friendly people and excellent snowboarding.

What brought you to Hynd?
Before joining Hynd I would often ask my clients which of my competitors in the search industry were giving them the best service and Hynd’s name kept coming up. After learning more, I was attracted to working with a strong team of experienced search consultants who are committed to becoming the number one healthcare focused search firm in Japan.

What is the secret to executive search?
It is important to listen to your clients and to research their market thoroughly to develop a deep understanding of their needs to be able to identify the best candidates for them.

What do you like about executive search?
I enjoy meeting with business leaders to learn about their vision for their company and what drives them to succeed. You meet a diverse range of personalities and most are interesting and charismatic. I also enjoy learning about new innovative technologies that our clients plan to introduce to the Japan market and how we can assist them.