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About Apex

Apex is a leading executive search firm based in Tokyo, dedicated to recruiting bilingual professionals for mid to senior-level management positions. We pride ourselves on working closely with many of the world's top global companies established in Japan, as well as startups looking to enter or grow within the Japanese market.

Founded in 2010 by five experienced executive recruiters, Apex initially focused on the healthcare industry, specifically in Pharmaceutical, Life Science & Diagnostics, and Medical Device. Since then, we have expanded our expertise to cover a wide range of industries, with 11 specialized teams in HealthTech, Banking & Financial Services, Consumer, Supply Chain & Procurement, Legal & Compliance, Human Resources, Finance & Accounting, and Technology.

As a member of Kestria, a global professional alliance of executive search firms, we have access to a network spanning over 80 offices across 6 continents. This global reach allows us to serve our clients with a comprehensive understanding of international markets and a vast pool of exceptional talent.

At Apex, we are committed to delivering outstanding results for our clients and providing unparalleled support to our candidates. Our team of skilled recruiters, industry specialization, and global network position us as the premier choice for executive search in Japan.

Apex was ranked 11th in the 2024 Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces in Japan for medium-sized companies. This recognition reflects our dedication to creating an exceptional employee experience and a positive, supportive work environment that aligns with our core values of Communication, Teamwork, Commitment, Integrity, Adaptability, and People.


Apex K.K.


Ebisu MF Building 7F, 4-6-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0013

Business Summary

Executive Search

Managing Director

Brock Worbets


20,000,000 JPY

Number of Employees

Approximately 130 (As of May 2024)

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Business Ambition for 1.5 °C

Apex is committed to reducing its carbon footprint to align with Business Ambition for 1.5°C. We have made a commitment to the following key initiatives:

• Reduction of paper utilization by 10% each year for five years

• Reduction of electricity usage by 2.4% for the next five years

• Bulk purchases of coffee, tea and other items to reduce packaging

• Use of only reusable water bottles

•Make work from home a permanent feature to reduce transportation use

Apex Values

We pride ourselves on delivering quality solutions while always putting our 6 core values of Integrity, Communication, Teamwork, Commitment, People, and Adaptability at the heart of our business.

  • Communication


    Active and honest communication with colleagues, clients, and candidates, understanding their needs and respecting the views.
  • Teamwork


    The best solutions come from working together with colleagues, clients, and candidates — effective teamwork demands strong relationships, respect, accountability, and sharing.
  • Commitment


    ​The willingness to do the best we can, with the courage to take on any challenge in order to keep our promises even when things are difficult.
  • Integrity


    Do the right thing and always be honest with a positive attitude.
  • Adaptability


    ​Continuously learn and improve in all aspects of our business — we move with speed and dexterity to adapt and adjust to emerging client and project requirements.
  • People


    ​The acknowledgement that people are our most important asset and we need to find, attract, and develop the best talent in the market.

Apex Company History

  • 5 Staff
  • 8 Staff
  • 11 Staff
  • 18 Staff
  • 34 Staff
  • 45 Staff
  • 54 Staff
  • 57 Staff
  • 60 Staff
  • 66 Staff
  • 70 Staff
  • 79 Staff
  • 86 Staff
  • 114 Staff
  • 133 Staff
  • Apex Established

    5 Staff

    ​Apex was established as a Healthcare focused Executive Search company in Shinbashi with three teams: Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Science & Technology.

  • New Shinbashi Office

    8 Staff

    ​Moved to new Shinbashi office to accommodate growth in our core industries.

  • Professional Services Team Established

    11 Staff

    ​Human Resources and Finance & Accounting Teams established. Moved to first Ebisu office.

  • Established 2 New Teams

    18 Staff

    ​Legal & Compliance and Consumer teams established.

  • Growth Company of the Year

    34 Staff

    ​IT Team established. Won “Growth Company of the Year” for recruiting companies from TALiNT International.

  • Life Sciences Recruitment Company of the Year

    45 Staff

    ​Medimove brand launched. Moved to second Ebisu office with room for 75 people. Banking & Financial Services Team established. Supply Chain & Procurement Team established. Won “Life Sciences Recruitment Company of the Year ” from TALiNT International.

  • LinkedIn Most Socially Engaged

    54 Staff

    ​Won the “LinkedIn Most Socially Engaged” award (Medium Enterprise, Asia).

  • New Employee Training Program

    57 Staff

    L​aunched Apex’s 20 day intensive training program for new hires. Apex’s first CSR initiative at TELL’s Tokyo Tower Climb supporting World Suicide Prevention Day. Won the Most Fundraised award.

  • Best Recruitment Company to Work For

    60 Staff

    ​Won “Best Recruitment Company To Work For” from TALiNT International. Won “Branding Excellence” and “Recruiter Performance” awards from LinkedIn.

  • Healthcare & Life Sciences Recruitment Company of the Year

    66 Staff

    ​Won “Healthcare & Life Sciences Recruitment Company of the Year” from TALiNT International.

  • Office Expansion

    70 Staff

    ​Expanded and renovated Ebisu office to accommodate growth in all industries, with room for more than 110 employees.

  • Executive Search Company of the Year

    79 Staff

    ​Won “Executive Search Company of the Year” from TALiNT International.

  • Company Trip to Ishigaki, Okinawa

    86 Staff

    ​Celebrated Apex’s 10th anniversary with a company trip to Ishigaki, Okinawa, after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Great Place to Work Certification

    114 Staff

    ​Recognized as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place To Work® Institute Japan. First international company trip to Seoul, Korea.

  • Ranked 11th on the 100 Best Companies to Work For® List

    133 Staff

    ​Ranked 11th on the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list in the medium-sized company category by Great Place To Work® Institute Japan. Ranked 5th on the Best Workplaces for Women® list.