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‘They’re Just Numbers,’ Indeed Owner’s CEO Says of Record Profit

  • Historic shift in labor markets boosts Recruit’s bottom line
  • New boss seeks to overhaul how job seekers worldwide get hired
Hisayuki Idekoba

Hisayuki Idekoba

Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

Hisayuki “Deko” Idekoba isn’t really impressed by his own first-year results as chief executive officer of Japan’s Recruit Holdings Co., owner of the world’s top job finder.

“They’re just numbers,” Idekoba said in an interview after the company reported record adjusted profit of 512 billion yen ($4 billion) and a 27% rise in revenue in the fiscal year ended March. “It vexes me that we still haven’t been able to come close to our goal of simplifying hiring.”