Our Team

KEVIN QUINN
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Kevin has completed more than 500 searches in his career (including 50+ JP Country Manager searches) and is one of the most accomplished recruiters in Japan’s IT market. He resides in Tokyo and travels to the San Francisco Bay Area regularly to work with venture capital firms and help guide companies into the Japan market. Kevin primarily supports technology companies as they are just entering the Japan market, and he has completed searches in areas including Analytics, SaaS, IaaS, Marketing Technology, Dev/ DevOps, and FinTech.

Before SoftSource Kevin was Vice President of Consulting at Access Technology where he was the top annual and lifetime producer in the 17-year/ 600+ employee history of the firm. There he was responsible for transitioning the company from a generalist to an industry-specialist model, and also managed the firm’s software practice which ultimately produced over 50% of the company’s annual revenue.

Kevin started his career as an Account Manager at Oracle’s headquarters in Redwood Shores and was responsible for selling into major Japanese multinationals including NEC and Toshiba. Kevin graduated from the University of California, Davis where he was a member of the swim team and was a 3-time academic All-American in Water Polo. Kevin is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and in 2002 relocated to Japan where he is a Permanent Resident and has achieved Level 2 of Japanese Language Proficiency (日本語検定).

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ANDREW NIMMER
Co-Founder & Partner

Andrew has been recruiting in Japan since 2005 and has completed more than 300 searches in the IT industry. His primary focus area has been Marketing Technology (including ad-tech and digital marketing), and he has also completed numerous searches throughout enterprise software including Cloud Computing, Analytics, SaaS, IaaS, and Dev/ DevOps. Throughout his career most of his efforts have been directed towards mid-career recruitment, and he has recently expanded his coverage into the executive level completing 5 Country Manager searches in 2017, 2018 including CircleCI, Sight Machine, and LiftOff.

Andrew started his career with Japan Airlines where he was a Customer Service Supervisor, and there he had the chance to experience a global SAP rollout which ultimately drove him to start a career in IT recruitment. After JAL he joined Access Technology where he was consistently a top-3 performer (out of 50+ consultants), and received MVP honors in his 2nd year.

He spent a year at Tokyo Gakugei University as a Mombukagakusho Scholar and worked as an intern at Mizuno Sports in Japan before graduating from Carthage College with a Bachelors in Japanese and Communications. Being from Wisconsin, Andrew is of course a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, enjoys baseball and currently plays on a team in Tokyo. He relocated to Japan in 2003 where he maintains Permanent Residency and speaks fluent Japanese.

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SEAN ALEXANDER
Co-Founder & Partner

Before Founding SoftSource in 2007, Sean Alexander spent 7 years with another Executive Search firm in Tokyo as a Senior Manager. In his early career Sean primarily recruited for the semiconductor industry, and later transitioned into hard-tech, software, and cloud technologies. With SoftSource he has performed a number Country Manager searches, however he primarily focuses on mid-career/ leadership recruitment.

Sean understands that each person has unique goals and objectives, and he strives to help the professionals he supports achieve them, in both the near- and long-term. One of the most rewarding aspects of his job is observing the growth and career development of the people he has met over the past two decades.

Born in Connecticut, Sean began his journey west in his teenage years resulting in him studying at Colorado State University (CSU) where he majored in Political Science and Japanese. He continued his westward trajectory to Japan where he studied for one year at Kansai Gaidai University. After graduation from CSU he returned to Japan where he has resided since the 1990’s.

He speaks fluent Japanese and splits his free time between playing with his D & D (Daughter and Dog), exercising, and maintaining a mostly Keto diet.

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NORIKO IKEUCHI
Senior Consultant

Noriko’s recruitment efforts are focused mostly on junior and mid career professionals in the areas of SaaS, IaaS, and Digital Marketing verticals. Prior joining SoftSource she worked for a Marketing Technology vendor (Marin Software), and before that sold SaaS and storage solution at CTC and Nexway where she was selected as MVP in her first year of technology sales.

Noriko attended Ritsumeikan University and spent a year studying in Oxford, UK. She’s originally from Kobe and enjoys traveling throughout Japan and staying at Ryokans.

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DAVID NAM
Senior Consultant

David is responsible for new business development and primarily focuses on Executive searches. Over a span of 6 years, he has built a close network spanning Cloud, Fintech, Analytics, and AI verticals. He began his IT career in his home country of New Zealand working at Vodafone and in 2013 he began his recruitment career with Hays in Japan. Within a period of 2 years he became one of the top annual billers in the Japan office, outperforming more than 120 other consultants.

Although he’s a high-activity recruiter, David’s approach to searches is a highly qualitative one. By taking time to clearly understand the objectives of both clients and candidates, and advising them at every stage of an engagement, he manages to achieve a notably higher success rate than the industry as a whole.

Educated at the University of Auckland, he graduated with a major in Psychology. David is a long-time video gamer, enjoys collecting Sony and Nintendo-related gaming devices, and is a car-otaku.

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ARJAN TULSI
Consultant

Prior to joining SoftSource Arjan was most recently responsible for recruitment of sales and engineering resources for DOMO Japan where he helped scale the company to 50+ local members. Arjan’s recruitment efforts focus on analytics / big data, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS, and he covers searches for sales, engineering, and marketing functions.

Arjan was born in Singapore and grew up in Australia where he studied Law at the University of Notre Dame and is a qualified Lawyer. Outside of work he enjoys collecting records, cooking, and playing with his son.

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SHOKO HONDA
Consulting Support

Shoko is responsible for Consulting Support which covers a broad range of activities including research, email marketing, prospecting, lead generation, scheduling, and managing much of the firm’s back office. Before joining SoftSource in 2011 she was a sales representative with a Japanese real-estate company.

Shoko was born in Kumamoto and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BA in Communications. She prefers watching movies with a glass of wine.

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