Manager Spotlight

Simon Jelfs

  • Director
  • Company :FocusCore Japan
  • Sector :Accounting and Finance, HR, Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Years Recruiting :20
Your last meal on earth, what would it be? 
Long barbecue in my garden with family and friends.

Henry Seals

  • Manager People & Culture
  • Company :Philip Morris International
  • Sector :Software, Manufacturing, Insurance, Fintech
  • Years Recruiting :12 Years non-Recruitment HR
Achievement/s You`re Most Proud of:
Professionally, I am proud to have been elected as the first foreign-born Japan Human Rights Commissioner. Personally, seeing one of my children graduate college. 1 down 4 to go:-)

Now tell us an unusual fact about yourself that your friends might not already know.
I have a photographic memory for songs and music. I usually memorize difficult information by turning it into a song.

Simon Cropper

  • HR Director, Japan & APAC
  • Company :Domo Japan
  • Sector :Across industry
  • Years Recruiting :25 Years (Agency, In-House TA, HR)
What Do You Enjoy Most About People Management?
Managing people is hard, and even harder with a big team. Real enjoyment comes from helping people with their problems and helping them to grow and learn. Too many leaders micromanage their staff, stressing themselves out and stressing their staff. People also won’t grow if you keep telling them what to do! The really fun bit of leadership is when your staff tell you thanks for the support you give them, those comments drive me to keep helping my team.

Tom Kiley

  • Vice-President & Director – Commerce Group
  • Company :Boyd & Moore Executive Search
  • Sector :Industrial, Healthcare, Consumer, SCM, HR, Finance, Legal  
  • Years Recruiting :15
Your last meal on earth, what would it be? 
An Italian slow food long lunch of fresh mozzarella salads, stuffed aubergines, homemade pastas, grilled seafood, BBQed game meats, fine wine etc. on the Amalfi coast into the sunset surrounded by my closest friends and family. 

Games Panprakrong

  • Partner / Cornerstone
  • Company :Cornerstone Recruitment Japan K.K.
  • Sector :IT
  • Years Recruiting :3 years
Your last meal on earth, what would it be?
Steak or my mother’s homecooked Thai food!

Tell us an unusual fact about yourself that your friends might not already know.
Nearly died in a bus crash when I was 14!