Japan's Hiroyuki Sadotomo promoted to managing director at Protiviti

27 January 2020 Consultancy.asia 3 min. read
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Global consultancy Protiviti has elevated Tokyo-based consultant Hiroyuki Sadotomo to the rank of managing director amid 670 worldwide promotions.

Tokyo-based consultant Hiroyuki Sadotomo has been named as one of 21 new managing directors at global consulting firm Protiviti – as the only such promotion made outside of North America. The managing director elevations however formed part of a wider round of 670 senior promotions in over 50 locations worldwide, including at the consultancy’s offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.

“We’re dedicated to providing career advancement opportunities as part of our overall meaningful rewards and recognition programme,” said Protiviti’s global human resources EVP Scott Redfearn. “Our latest class of promoted employees are exceptional professionals who demonstrate and live Protiviti’s values of integrity, inclusion and innovation both within the firm and in serving our clients.”

The fresh promotions range from senior consultant level through senior directors, while the new managing directors span a number of Protiviti’s business lines, including Financial Advisory, Risk and Compliance, Technology Consulting, and Business Performance Improvement. Alongside Sadomoto, Alejandro Arreola of the firm’s Mexico City office was the only other member from outside of the US.

Japan's Hiroyuki Sadotomo promoted to managing director at Protiviti

A business and technology consultant, Sadomoto has been with Protiviti for less than a year, joining last February as a director after 12 years as a general manager at the Mitsubishi Research Institute. Earlier in his career, he spent five years as a manager at Deloitte Consulting in New York, originally getting his start as a consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Tokyo for five years from 1990.

“Our newly promoted managing directors bring with them a wealth of expertise and a commitment to finding innovative solutions,” said Protiviti CEO and president Joseph Tarantino. “As our clients enter a new decade of business challenges, disruption and transformation, we look forward to partnering with them to deliver new and highly effective ways to solve their critical business problems.”

According to his LinkedIn bio, Sadamoto currently leads a digital practice for Protiviti focused on Process Mining and RPA (Robotic Process Automation), and holds additional expertise in revenue management and practice development. Although his promotion to managing director stands out as the only one in Asia (Protiviti has bases in more than 25 countries worldwide), it does somewhat buck the trend.

A cursory analysis by Consultancy.asia suggests that while the Asia Pacific remains the strongest growth market for most of the world’s leading consulting firms, the number of new year partnership and senior managing director promotions in the region have been somewhat down on the corresponding round last year. Locally-based consultants at Simon-Kucher and AlixPartners were overlooked altogether.