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Next Step LLC was founded in 2015 by Tim Eustace, who has been recruiting in Tokyo since 2007. Next Step's primary industry coverage areas are Healthcare, IT, Financial Services, Consumer/Retail and Energy/Infrastructure.

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Tim Eustace
Managing Director
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Executive search for front office related roles within Private Equity, Investment Banking, Energy/Infrastructure and Venture Capital in Tokyo and APAC since 2007.

Emely Motol
Healthcare Team Leader
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Six years in HR and Recruitment. Specializing in mid-senior level positions within Medical Affairs, Business Development, and Sales & Marketing, while also skilled at sourcing talent for various other roles in R&D, Clinical and Manufacturing.

When she is off the clock, she  dedicated to fitness, self-development through books, and embarking on travel and driving adventures for relaxation and new experiences.

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Ben Wheale
Professional Services Team Leader
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After spending more than 20 years in Japan specialising in executive search; Ben has become one of the most specialist consultants in finance and accounting in Tokyo.


Originally from England, Ben has a degree from Oxford Brookes University.


Ben moved to Tokyo in 2002 and since then has been placing finance professionals from Accountant to CFO level, in a large variety of top-tier gaishikei organisations.


Ben is very passionate about marathon running, Indian food and Manchester United.

Reda Chemmaoui
IT Team Leader
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As a specialist in executive search within the IT industry, Reda brings a wealth of experience working with technology companies and IT divisions.


Reda's expertise extends across mid to senior-level functions, encompassing a wide spectrum from back-office IT roles to software and infrastructure engineering positions, as well as presales, sales, and marketing roles. This comprehensive coverage ensures a thorough understanding of the sector's talent landscape.

Ann Ramos
Healthcare, Associate Consultant
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Ann, an experienced recruiter with over 5 years of expertise in the Japanese market, specializes in recruiting for Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, and CRO companies. Her primary focus is on sourcing top talents for critical roles like Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, Safety, and Marketing. Additionally, Ann has extensive knowledge in the Research and Development division within Pharmaceutical and CRO companies.

Ann started her career as a Medical Representative for Pfizer.

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