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Cormorant Group K.K. is an executive search consultancy specializing in senior search for positions based in Japan and the Asia Pacific. We work across disciplines and have special expertise in communications, design, transformation, and other creative disciplines.

We work with diverse corporate interests including communications and design agencies, management consultancy, luxury, PE/VC, pharma, manufacturing, and technology.


We only work on a handful of assignments at any given time to ensure focus and quality of service to clients and candidates alike. Cormorant Group is structured more like an intelligence network than a traditional consultancy and the majority of our candidates come to us via referral from our proprietary network.

  • We work closely with our clients to help them define and refine their talent acquisition strategies inclusive of clarifying their real needs
  • We give candidates careful support to help them define their professional goals, target the right opportunities and prepare for interviews
  • We follow up with our clients and candidates after a placement to help ensure long-term success for both parties

Geographical Focus

Cormorant Group is based in Tokyo and the majority of our business focuses on the Japanese market. We do, however, work on briefs for senior positions based in Singapore and Hong Kong.


President: Barry Lustig

Barry founded Cormorant Group to give a more thoughtful and personal approach to executive search for clients and candidates alike.

Before establishing the company, Barry spent much of his career as a strategist in the communications industry. He began as a strategist at Dentsu in Tokyo. He later worked for leading agencies in Europe and the US including DDB and Leo Burnett. In addition to communications, he has worked with organizations like the World Economic Forum and Shell International.

Barry earned his master’s degree at the London School of Economics. He writes regularly for Campaign Asia-Pacific, the leading publication for the region’s marketing communications sector and is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society.

Contact Barry at barry @ cormorantgroup.com

Company Information

Company name
Cormorant Group, Inc.
March, 2016
Capital stock
JPY 16,000,000
402, 1-15-5 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
[email protected]
Trading Bank
SMBC, Akasaka Branch, Kiraboshi Bank, Azabu Branch
Main Business
Executive search, market research and consultancy
Board Members
Barry Lustig (CEO), Natsuko Kinoshita (COO)


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