The company also steadily expanded its footprint with selective hiring of experienced professionals for the team: the nearly six-fold increase in revenue was achieved despite only doubling the firm’s headcount in 2011. New employees were selected for their commitment to values of service in line with the company’s culture and for the potential for continued regional and global expansion. The team includes six speakers of Mandarin, plus native speakers from Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, and European nations.
Asian clients are actively seeking advice for global growth and Wahl & Case is partnering with top firms on special projects to enable talent acquisition all over the planet. In 2011 those partnerships led to nearly 40% of revenues coming from outside of Japan, a unique feat in the Japan recruitment market. San Francisco proved to be a particularly dynamic engine for growth.
Wahl & Case managing director Casey Wahl commented on the results: “We’re extremely pleased with the development of the company over the last 12 months. We’ve been the fastest-growing recruitment company in Japan and shifted the way clients and candidates think about service. We’ve won awards and exclusive projects with some of the world’s best companies, successfully filling searches in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, Europe, and Asia. We’re especially looking forward to pushing resource expansion in the US market this year, bringing the high levels of service we’ve grown in Japan to the heart of the consumer tech revolution. Overall, we’re very happy with 2011—except perhaps the very large tax bill we paid to the Japanese government, though in a year of rebuilding for Japan we view this as a positive contribution to our headquarters home. This year we will continue to focus on creating great experiences for our clients and candidates, and look for ways to disrupt the recruitment industry which we feel is ripe for innovation.”
About Wahl & Case
Wahl & Case K.K. is a Tokyo-based recruitment firm serving global firms operating or starting up in Japan and Asia, and Japanese firms expanding to international markets. Founded by search executives with experience in both publicly-traded recruitment firms and Fortune 100 multinationals, our focus is excellent results in recruitment and human capital services by providing the highest levels of service and dedication to both clients and candidates. To find out more, please visit www.wahlandcase.com.
Sayuri Tanioka, Marketing