People Are Still The Best Investment

  • "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "You know you’ve arrived, when you realize that it’s a journey, not a destination."
  • "Every man of courage is a man of his word." - Pierre Corneille
  • "Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment." - Cowboy philosophy
  • "You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take." - Wayne Gretzky
  • "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life." - Steve Jobs
  • "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • "People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily."- Zig Ziglar
  • "There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." - Aristotle
  • "Believe you can and you’re halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt
  • "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." - Leonardo da Vinci
  • "Dream big and dare to fail." – Norman Vaughan
  • "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try." - Beverly Sills
  • "Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
  • "The higher you climb the better the view."
  • "It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice."
  • "Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
  • 虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず - Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  • 継続は力なり - Perseverance is power.
  • 案ずるより産むが易し - Fear is greater than the danger.
  • チャレンジして失敗ことを恐れるよりも、何もしないことを恐れろ - Instead of being afraid of challenge and failure, be afraid of avoiding the challenge and doing nothing - Soichiro Honda

About Us

People First

We are a boutique executive search firm specializing in recruiting middle and senior management executives. Our broad focus is the consumer goods industry sector, but we service other specialist technical industry sectors as well.

Hiring the right people is critical to continued success. Every successful business is built from and rests on the shoulders of its people. Regardless of the scale of your operations, the “people factor” is the one that will make or break your business.

Our Team

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  • Eric Cole

    Eric Cole

  • Marc Biehn

    Marc Biehn

  • Thierry Branger

    Thierry Branger

  • Christopher Bracey

    Christopher Bracey

  • Cholsu Lee

    Cholsu Lee

  • Michael DeLuca

  • Sadman Rahman

  • Tim Teves

    Tim Teves


Practice Groups

Cole and Company recruits middle and Senior Management executives in the following broad areas:

Fast Moving Consumer Goods
Luxury goods
Health & PC
Sporting Goods

Sporting Goods
Food Ingredients and Additives
Pharmaceutical ingredients
Colorings and Flavorings
Secondary / manufacturing

Ad Tech
Consumer Services
Market Research
Professional Services


  • I do value your insights and appreciate the opportunity to discuss my career thoughts/ideas. It helps to be able to bounce things around with someone who is familiar with so many different business realities and successful executives, including yourself.
    Business Development Director Major U.S. FMCG Food Company
  • We have a long history with Cole and Company in Japan and have always been satisfied with the quality of candidates they deliver. We've hired 3 people this year through Cole and Company and all are surpassing our expectations. Great job!
    President U.S. Entertainment Company
  • Eric and his team have provided us with many excellent people. We are very satisfied with his services and will continue to use his company for our mission-critical vacancies.
    HR Director International Retail Beverage Chain
  • Cole and Company have provided us with invaluable service over the years. They have been very effective in finding us the people we need for our growing organization. I especially appreciate the time they spend with us to get to know our business inside and out. Eric and his team have an eye for good people and they are very professional and helpful.
    President U.S. Affiliated FMCG Company
  • Eric is a master networker with a real desire to help us develop our business. He's been great with understanding our needs and has always been patient with our shifting requirements. I admire his integrity and commitment.
    Partner M&A Advisory Legal Firm
  • Eric's networking parties are the best!
    Marketing VP U.S. Entertainment Company


Confidentiality Is Key

Cole and Company realizes the importance of our clients privacy needs. We adhere to strict guidelines when collecting information needed to help match candidates with employers.

Cole and Company will only collect and use information about our clients for business purposes. We will do our best to insure that the information we gather is accurate and complete.

Information about our clients will only be accessed by authorized individuals who are required to utilize client information.

Cole and Company will not disclose information about our customers to third parties unless it is legally necessary or required for business reasons.

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