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Each fall, leading human resources companies from around Japan gather to celebrate the innovation and dedication of those working to build the strongest teams in a challenging market at the Recruitment International Awards (RI Awards). At this year’s ceremony, held on October 25 at the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, 18 of the iconic, R-shaped, purple and gold RI trophies were handed out.

Hat Trick
On the night, Boyd & Moore Executive Search K.K. (BMES) led the way, taking home three prizes: Best RPO Provider, Executive Search Company of the Year, and Outstanding HR & Recruitment Professional of the Year.

Speaking to The ACCJ Journal, BMES co-founder and Managing Director Tony Moore said, “We’re thrilled to have won not just one but three awards this year. We’re especially proud to have received the award for Executive Search Company of the Year, since it underlines our expansion into a truly global player in this arena.”

Moore also said that the Company of the Year honor high­lights the fantastic team effort that defines the work BMES does for its clients.

“Of course, we’re also very pleased to defend our position as top RPO provider for a second year. We’re investing heavily into this side of the business and have been able to support our clients with highly customizable and tech-driven solutions.”

Victor Nwakanma, executive vice president at BMES and winner of the Outstanding HR & Recruitment Professional of the Year, expressed shock and gratitude at winning his award.

“I was very surprised, but I’m deeply humbled and honored to receive the award. It has been, and remains, a privilege to be part of the Boyd & Moore family, working with the best team of professionals in our industry to be found anywhere in Asia.”

From Tech to Rising Star
The RI Awards recognizes trailblazing companies as well as individuals, established companies as well new endeavors.

A trailblazer in the industry, RGF Executive Search (RGF), for instance, was named IT & Technology Recruitment Company of the Year.

In his comments to The ACCJ Journal, Adil Driouech, senior director at RGF, said: “This year has been a landmark year with some amazing achievements. The projects we took on were of significant and of strategic importance to our clients. This award is a testament to our team’s great work.”

Big-name companies were not the only winners on the night. The award for Best Newcomer: Rising Star was given to a relatively new player in the industry, Evander Group K.K.

A judge noted, “This company has had an electric start and is already really structuring the operational element of its business to scale and grow.”

William Hall and Arlo Brown, joint managing directors of Evander who both did their university studies in California, said: “This is a very prestigious award. The RI Award itself is very globally renowned. It’s something that we’re very honored to be a part of.”

2020
This year’s RI Awards were co-hosted by recruitment agency TALiNT International and multimedia agency Custom Media K.K.

TALiNT International Director David Head and Jody Pang, strategic account director at Custom Media, were the masters of ceremony. The RI Awards are held around the world and next year’s ceremony in Japan will also take place in October.

 

2019 RI Award Winners
Banking & Finance Recruitment Company of the Year
Morgan McKinley

IT & Technology Recruitment Company of the Year
RGF Executive Search

Healthcare & Life Sciences Recruitment Company of the Year
Apex K.K.

Technical & Industrial Recruitment Company of the Year
RGF Professional Recruitment

Executive Search
Company of the Year
Boyd & Moore Executive Search K.K.

Best RPO Provider
Boyd & Moore
Executive Search K.K.

Best CSR Initiative
SThree K.K.

Diversity & Inclusion Champion
JAC Recruitment

Growth Company of the Year
SThree K.K.

Specialist Recruitment
Company of the Year
Robert Walters Japan K.K.

Recruitment Company to Work For Small
Apex Inc.

Recruitment Company to Work For Medium
Morgan McKinley

Recruitment Company to Work
For Large
Robert Walters Japan K.K.

Outstanding HR & Recruitment Professional of the Year
Victor Nwakanma
Boyd & Moore Executive Search K.K.

Best Newcomer—The Rising Star
Evander Group K.K.

Business Leader of the Year
Robin Doenicke
Zensho Agency Inc.

 

John Amari is a writer and editor from the UK who specializes in articles on startups, entrepreneurs, science, tech, and business.