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Cormorant Group is a Tokyo-based executive search practice specializing in brand, digital, creative and design disciplines. 


Cormorant Group is an executive search consultancy focusing on disciplines related to brand and creative industries. Our scope includes general management as well as creative, strategic and digital leadership.

Using our experience and network of industry experts, we also help our clients understand their specific challenges in Japan and Asia-Pacific via market research and consulting.


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

Senior Consultant: Curtis Griffin

With over a decade of experience as an in-house recruiter, Curtis leads Cormorant Group’s technical practice. He has worked across tech focused sectors including digital and data platforms, IT and medical devices. His past employers include Rakuten, data platform Tealium and Becton Dickinson via Korn Ferry. 

In addition to recruiting, Curtis has expertise in employee relations, counseling as well as building and supporting diverse teams. 

With fluency in Japanese and English, Curtis has substative experience guiding clients and candidates in navigating all aspects of the recruitment process in Japan, and also throughout APAC and the United States.  

Curtis earned a double degree from the University of Utah in Japanese and Asian Studies. He resides in Tokyo and California with his wife and two children. 

Contact Curtis at curtis @ cormorantgroup.com

Senior Consultant: Georgia Bannister

Georgia Bannister is Senior Consultant at Cormorant Group and leads its luxury practice, working with many of the world’s most recognizable brands in luxury fashion, retail, jewelry and cosmetics. She has a proven track record of discreetly securing senior talent for foreign affiliated brands and global groups. 

Georgia brings over 15-years industry experience with functional expertise across sales, marketing, business development and merchandizing at companies like Treasury Wine Estates, Hearts on Fire Diamonds, and LVMH’s DFS and Moët Hennessy. 

Her work in executive search is informed by her hands-on experience in the industry as well as her work as a specialist consultant. 

Contact Georgia at georgia @ 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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