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).

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.

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.

Daisuke Sato
Senior Consultant

After graduating from Meiji University, Daisuke’s first job was as a sales representative for Daiwa Securities. In sprite of starting a sales career in financial services at the unfortunate time of the Lehman Shock, he managed to succeed and received several awards for high performance. He then spent a year studying abroad in Seattle, Washington before returning to Japan to start his recruitment career in 2013.

From 2013 to 2020 Daisuke had a solid track-record of completing searches for the IT departments of foreign financial institutions and IT companies. Since joining SoftSource in 2020 Daisuke has been performing searches in the areas of analytics, SaaS, IaaS, marketing technology and DevOps. When he’s not recruiting, you can usually find Daisuke playing soccer, baseball, golf, swimming, running or kickboxing.

Osuke Nagase
Senior Consultant

Osuke is mainly in charge of mid-career searches related to embedded software, security, data centers, IoT, and cloud infrastructure. He has 15 years of experience in recruitment (previously with EnWorld), and was an IT engineer and CAD designer.

He is originally from Yokosuka, graduated from Meiji University with a BA in Politics, and loves cheering on his favorite baseball team, the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars.

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.

Yumi Koh
Consultant

Yumi covers searches across DevOps, Analytics, SaaS, and Mar-Tech areas, and she recruits mainly for junior-level and mid-career positions. She started her career in academic sales and marketing at medical importing company, and later joined one of the major executive recruiting firms to support their Healthcare and LifeScience team as a researcher.

She graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University and speaks fluent English, and Kansai-ben on occasion.

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