Who We Are

Ascent Global Partners (AGP) is a Tokyo based recruitment firm that specializes in front office financial searches and HR consulting.
Our search methods are based on extensive experience in the Japanese markets and best practice techniques to source, identify and place top talent for our clients. We have a narrow but deep focus in our industry practices. Over the course of the last decade we have developed strong relationships with key line managers within our clients. Ascent Global Partners are dedicated to providing a premier service for our clients across the globe. We are focused on providing an innovative approach to the business by combining both experience and technology to advise our clients on the best and most suitable talent in the market. Our strength is providing bilingual talent to both onshore and offshore domiciled clients.

Mission Statement

Ascent Global Partners’ aim is to provide the highest level of recruitment services to both our clients and candidates around the world, while at the same time providing a professional and exciting work environment, where our employees can build their careers.
Our Clients engage AGP because they’ve come to enjoy our dedication, hard-work and ethical standards. Each year we select and partner with a limited number of firms, to ensure we can provide the largest potential talent pool in the market from which they can choose. We also aim to provide customized service capability to the specific needs of each search in which we are engaged. Our main objective to our Clients is to find the most experienced and highest skilled personnel to fulfill their hiring needs in a timely manner. Our Candidates benefit from working with recruitment professionals specialized in their areas of product and industry coverage. We strive to thoroughly understand your skill set, experience and expectations and then make every effort to introduce exciting new opportunities that will interest you. It is very important to us to understand your career goals and then help you reach them. Potential Employees, if you’re thinking of making a career change or don’t believe your current recruitment firm meets all of your expectations, then we are here to help you. We’d like to help you meet your career requirements for the future and assist you in achieving your goals. Should you have any questions or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact someone from our dedicated recruitment team.

Finance Team

  • John ByrneJohn Byrne Representative Director
  • John is currently responsible for business development, executive search and managing the Japan office of Ascent Global Partners.In the past, John has completed a number of executive level searches within the financial industry including Branch Managers, Managing Directors and Business Heads for a number of top financial institutions.John graduated with a degree in Software Engineering before joining Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) where he spent 3 years working as a Unix Engineer. After John left Sun Microsystems he moved to Japan over 10 years ago where he worked as a Business Development Manager in an IT firm before joining the recruitment industry.Prior to joining Ascent Global Partners, John worked in a global front office retained firm where he specialized in the Japanese Equity Market. In his spare time, John sings in a band and enjoys travelling.
  • Chu Fang ChiangChu Fang Chiang Director
  • Chu has been working in executive search for 11 years. Her main coverage is front office Fixed Income, Currency, Commodities, Multi-Assets Structured Products and Private Banking areas. She has successfully completed assignments at Managing Director, Director and VP levels for Sales, Trading and Structuring positions at both Major International and Major Japanese financial institutions based in Japan. Prior to joining Ascent Global Partners, Chu worked as a senior consultant at two Asian search firms where she was specialized in the global markets area.Chu earned a Bachelors Degree in Banking from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a Master’s Degree in Science from the United Sates. She speaks native Chinese, fluent English and Japanese. Chu enjoys spending time with her dogs and traveling by train in her spare time.
 
  • Andrew MacKinlayAndrew MacKinlay Director
  • Andrew MacKinlay has placed CEO, CFO, CMO, Managing Directors and other Executive Officer level candidates in Japan and throughout Asia for over 10 years. With a deep experience in Insurance and Asset Management recruiting, he has proven ability to execute retained, exclusive or contingent searches continuously and with a very high-level of success.After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Manchester, he worked as an IT project manager in London and spent time travelling around China, Tibet, India & Nepal before settling in Tokyo. A Native English and fluent-in-Japanese 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.
 

Our Coverage Areas

  • Insurance
  • Non-life Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Re-insurance
  • Brokers – Re-insurance & Retail
  • Actuaries – Life, Non-Life & Consulting
  • Agency Sales
  • Corporate Distribution
  • Direct Marketing
  • Underwriters – P&C and Medical
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Accounting
  • Corporate Planning
  • Operations
  • IT Systems
  • Equities
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Sales Trading
  • DMA
  • Prime Brokerage
  • Agency Trading
  • Portfolio Sales and Trading
  • Derivative Sales and Trading (OTC and listed)
  • Investor Relations (Corporate Access)
  • Foreign Equity Sales and Sales Trading
  • Quantitative strategists
  • COO and Management
  • Fixed Income
  • FX Sales (Institutional, Corporate & E-commerce)
  • FX Trading (Spot, Forward & Options)
  • Credit Sales and Trading
  • Rates Sales and Trading
  • Bond Sales (Domestic and Foreign)
  • Futures and Options
  • Research & Strategists
  • Commodities Sales
  • Structured products
  • Corporate Sales
  • COO and Management
  • Rates Structurer
  • Rates Trading
  • Third Party Marketer
  • JGB Sales
  • Pension Sales
  • Asset Management & Private Banking
  • Fund & Portfolio Managers
  • Electronic Trading
  • ETF Specialists
  • Account Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Asset and Liability Management
  • Trust and Custody
  • Analysts & Strategy
  • Financial Modeling
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Business Development
  • Product Development
  • Institutional Channel Marketing
  • Private banker
  • Fixed income product specialist
  • Equity product specialist
  • Fund product specialist