Koichi “Kris” Fukuda, Managing Partner

Kris is Managing Partner in Tokyo responsible for the Board and CEO, Global Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Energy & Natural Resource Practices. Concurrently he serves for a few global companies as a board member such as Chava Energy and Solar Bankers, and is one of the original members of Geniisis in San Francisco that represents people of “genius” such as the heads of major R&D centers, star professors and Nobel prizewinners from the global market.

Previously Kris assumed the presidential positions of London stock listed talent management software company Bond International Software-Japan and Sydney stock listed executive search firm Talent2-Japan. Prior to these positions, he served as Managing Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, working from his New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo offices for global clients. He was the first Asian to serve on the board of Heidrick & Struggles and helped the company successfully launch an IPO in the US in 1999. Kris has been officially recognized as one of the best executive recruiters in the world in the book “The Global 200 Executive Recruiters” by Nancy Garrison-Jenn.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Mr. Fukuda served as President and Managing Director of several companies such as Boston Scientific in Tokyo as its first Japanese President and later experienced its successful IPO at the NYSE. At Boice Dunham Aoyama (strategic consulting) in NYC, he was directly responsible for bringing Dun & Bradstreet operations into Japan.  Kris is a graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, majoring in International Relations and Physics. He also earned an MBA from Duke University as its first Japanese MBA graduate. He is an FAA licensed pilot.


Office Location: Tokyo
P: +81 (3) 4540-1237
F: +81 (3) 4540 1000
E: k.fukuda@ema-partners.com