YEARS IN INDUSTRY
AREA OF FOCUS
University of Pennsylvania
What do you do at Mizuho?
I’m responsible for management of the Human Resources function within Mizuho Americas. HR is a true partner to the firm’s business and operational departments. This relationship supports HR’s central role in both the day to day and strategic decisions required to execute our growth plan.
What surprised you about Mizuho?
Mizuho’s ability to transform itself from a rather modest US outpost to a significant presence in the Americas is quite remarkable. When I first joined Mizuho in 2006, we had about 1000 employees across the region, and the depth and breadth of our strategy and clients was limited. As we developed our growth strategy, the organization has completely adjusted its approach and appetite for greater opportunities.
What are Mizuho's culture and people like?
The “tone at the top” promotes the highest standards of business practice and personal conduct; we all take this responsibility very seriously. Mizuho embodies a culture of respect, collaboration and integrity. We are also an organization that is continuously evolving; our employees have an entrepreneurial spirit and are encouraged to challenge the status quo.
What’s the first thing you read every day?
My email! Due to the time difference between New York and Tokyo, I often wake up to messages from my colleagues in Japan.
What’s a particularly proud moment you’ve had here?
If had to select a moment, I’d have to say it’s been our response to Covid-19. We were hit hard quickly and endured tragic loss. From the outset, we did what we thought was right for our employees and our organization. We were, and continue to be, pragmatic, flexible and empathetic. Mizuho prioritized the health and safety of our employees above all else, and I am very proud to be part of that decision making team.
J. J. Konstant
Fixed Income & Derivatives Sales