Our Team

Kevin Quinn
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Kevin has completed more than 1,000 searches in his career (including 100+ JP Country Manager searches) and is one of the most accomplished recruiters in Japan’s IT market. He resides in Tokyo and frequently travels to the San Francisco Bay Area 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 AI/ ML, Big Data/ 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
Principal 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 solutions 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.

Yoshiroh Nakamura

Since 2010, Yoshiroh has completed a number of key searches in the Enterprise Technology space. In SoftSource, he focuses on SaaS, Analytic, and Mar-Tech areas, and he builds trustful partnership with clients and candidates. He covers senior staff to executive level searches.

Prior to joining SoftSource, Yoshioh played the essential part as a playing manager at a large executive search firm where he successfully led the team to success and expanded the client areas. He has BBA and studied Marketing in Thompson Rivers University in Canada. In his free time he enjoys exploring outdoors and trekking in nature.

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.

Yuri Ito

Yuri spent her childhood on the East Coast of the US, and later studied Modern History and Pop Culture as a master's student at Kyoto University.

Prior to SoftSource she worked as a recruitment consultant at Robert Walters and Computer Futures where she has predominately covered the Cybersecurity segment of Japan's IT market.

Outside of her professional life, she is into American TV sitcoms from the 90's and a devoted fan of the Japanese professional baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers.

Koji Yaginuma
Senior Consultant

Koji began his recruitment career in 2017, and since then has been covering mostly technical searches in DevOps, IoT, Data Analytics, PaaS, Software Engineering, and Mobility. His efforts have primarily been focused on mid-career and senior management level positions, and he's built a successful track record creating strong partnerships with his clients, and delivering on their critical hiring needs.

Koji was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is both a sports enthusiast and outdoorsman - In addition to being an avid San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors fan, he spends much of his free time cycling, hiking, snowboarding, and camping.

Ken Tsunoda
Senior Consultant

Ken grew up in both Tokyo and Hong Kong, and has lived in Japan since attending Sophia University where he studied business and economics.

He started his recruitment career at Wahl+Case where he mostly performed searches in the B2C technology space, and now at SoftSource he has expanded his coverage to also include marketing technology searches.

Depending on the season, you will either find Ken surfing in Chiba or snowboarding Nagano on the weekends.

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