About Ascent Global Partners

About Us

John Byrne

John is the Representative Director of Ascent Global Partners and he covers the equity sell side and asset management sector.

Chu Fang Chiang

Chu is a Director and cover the Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities sell side and asset management sector.

Richard Williams

Richard covers financial service companies in Tokyo. This includes, cryptocurrency companies, financial service and FX brokers.

Julie Anne Baquiran

Julie Ann is our talent acquisition professional. Based in the Philippines Julie Ann is a native Tagalog speaker and fluent English speaker.

Jamal Shaladan

Jamal is a Director and covers both the Legal and Technology sectors with a particular focus on private practice.

Tom Donnelly

Tom is a Director and covers both the Industrial and Sales & Marketing sectors. Tom has over 10 years experience working at some of Japan's largest recruitment firms.

Hitomi Morinaga

Hitomi is our office manager and has been working with Ascent Global Partners since 2017. She speaks native Japanese, fluent Tagalog & English.

Abigail Morales

Abigail handles our administration and recruitment coordination. She is also responsible for on-boarding & training new staff.

Irah Eisma

Irah is our online recruitment coordinator. She is responsible for marketing and coordinating all recruitment activity online.

Anastasiia Tsarenko

Anastasiia is a technology consultant. She graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a Masters Degree in Social Studies. Anastasiia speak Native Russian, Fluent English and Japanese (JLPT N1)

John Rich Herrera

John Rich Herrera is our social media manager. He is responsible for handling our various social media platforms in addition to editing and publishing our podcasts.

Kesiah Esteban

Kesiah is part of our Legal and Compliance team. Kesiah specializes in Compliance and joins Ascent Global Partners as an entrepreneur having previously ran her own business in the Philippines.

Fumio Miyanaga

Fumio is a Director in our financial services team. He received a Masters of Engineering degree from Waseda University before obtaining an MBA with Distinction from Cornell University. Fumio worked in the World Bank and JPMorgan before joining the recruitment industry.

Leo Takashima

Leo is an Associate Consultant and belongs to our Technology team. In addition to Japanese and English, Leo is native in Japanese sign language. Prior to joining Ascent Global Partners, he worked in sales at a luxury brand for 5 years.

Annick Bacud

Annick is part of our administration team and based in the Philippines where she works as a recruitment coordinator. Annick is a native Tagalog speaker and fluent in English. Prior to joining Ascent Global Partners, Annick worked as an online trainer.

About Our Company

Introduction to Ascent Global Partners

ASCENT GLOBAL PARTNERS’ aim is to provide the highest level of recruitment services to both our clients and candidates around the world, while at the same time providing a professional and exciting work environment, where our employees can build their careers. Ascent Global Partners takes pride in providing its clients with superior front office and HR business solutions.

Founded in June2012, the firm is headquartered in Tokyo under the careful guidance of Representative Director John Byrne. Initially specializing in the Japanese equities market the company has grown exponentially to cover fixed income,asset management, wealth management and insurance. AscentGlobal Partners consultants’ vast experience in working across thefinancial services industry in Japan and the APAC region is founded onintegrity and excellence.

AGP takes pride in becoming the preeminentboutique recruitment firm for the financial sector. With our combinedindustry experience of upwards of fifty years, AGP’s clients are assured inthe knowledge that we will find the most highly skilled and accomplishedpersonnel to fulfil their specific hiring needs. We are committed todeveloping long term relationships with our partners and providing themwith many years of steadfast service.


Our Approach

Ascent Global Partners offers a bespoke recruitment service tailored specificallyto each client’s needs. We engage closely to ensure the most appropriate andsuccessful business approach.

“To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Foreign Clients


Japanese Nationals Placed


Candidates who interview but don't get hired


A look at our coverage

Current Business Sectors

Fixed Income
Legal & Compliance
Asset Management

Our ApproachAscent Global Partners offers a bespoke recruitment service tailored specificallyto each client’s needs. We engage closely to ensure the most appropriate andsuccessful business approach.