About Morunda

Are you a multinational pharmaceutical company with a need to fill a critical position in the commercial or development – Medical functions?
Morunda should be your choice of recruiting partner in Japan and Asia Pacific. Why? Because we live and breathe the pharmaceutical industry in Asia and the Pacific—we’re specialists! Our consultants are experienced and committed to completing your search. We have deep, long-standing relationships with the best and brightest candidates in the market. Together, this enables us to understand our clients’ needs and quickly present exceptional, well prepared candidates who are both qualified and excited to fill your position.
  • Morunda has completed over 400 managers to director-level placements since 2001
  • A cultural understanding of what it takes to secure top talents
  • Over one hundred thought leadership articles published
  • We hold regular seminars for candidates and clients alike with industry experts
  • We understand the market, not only today, but where it is heading in the next 12 to 18 months

The name Morunda?

Morunda is the name of the family property on which Philip Carrigan (the owner and founder) was raised on the eastern side of Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. The name was chosen to honor Philip’s parents, Maxwell and Bridgid Carrigan.
Morunda is synonymous with passion, dedication, and simply getting the job done.

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Philip Carrigan – Founder, Representative Director

To contact Philip Carrigan: philip@morunda.com Tel: +81-3-4520-5590 Direct: +81-3-4520-5591 Mobile: +81-90-6498-3305
Philip is based in Tokyo and has more than 12 years of executive consulting experience. He is renowned in the industry for recruiting top talent for a broad range of multinational companies from marketing and clinical development managers to directors. Philip established Morunda K.K after previously working for a Japanese executive search firm, where he led a 12-person team. He is recognized as one of Asia’s leading recruiters in the life sciences industry and has personally placed more than 200 executives throughout his career. Originally from Australia, Philip holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Leicester University, England and a Diploma of Education from Armidale College of Advanced Education. He has lived in Japan since 1997. He is an active member of Pharma Delegates and is a monthly, contributing writer for Japan’s leading English Pharmaceutical publication, Pharma Japan. The articles are industry insights into Leadership, Human Resources and Industry Trends.

Michael Huberts – Director

To contact Michael Huberts: michael@morunda.com Tel: +81-3-4520-5590 Direct: +81-3-4520-5593 Mobile: +81-80-9976-4233
Michael is a Director of Morunda KK and has been in Life Science Executive Search since 2005. He worked with Philip for 5 years in Japan’s leading Life Science recruitment business and was the youngest Partner promoted in Company history. He relocated to Europe in 2010 after being accepted into a global top 20 MBA program. Following his MBA, he worked as a Consultant for the RSA Group, Europe’s Premier Life Science Executive Search firm, where he completed Global and Pan European Retained projects for the world’s largest Pharmaceutical and Medical Device firms. Michael’s focus is on driving strategic and business development initiatives for the broader Morunda Group as well as furthering the development of Morunda’s talented Consulting teams. Michael’s non-search related work includes Investor Relations to the Funds industry and Capital Markets Advisor to a number of FTSE 250 companies. He has undertaken consulting projects on Marketing/Fundraising initiatives for an African focused Investment fund and a rural Vietnamese educational program. He holds an MBA from The University of Oxford, Said Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University, Australia.

Gladys Toh – Director

To contact Gladys Toh: gladys@morunda.com Tel: +81-3-4520-5590
Gladys is the Morunda Director for Administration and is a founding member of the company. Originally from Singapore, she holds a Bachelor in Arts, Major in Marketing from the University of Canberra, Australia. She has extensive experience in Sales, Marketing and the Service industry and has worked in Singapore, Hong Kong & Tokyo. Gladys additionally spent several years living in Dubai UAE whilst working as cabin crew for Emirates Airline. She speaks Mandarin and English. Gladys has been living in Japan since 2008. Gladys founded Morunda Asia in July 2013 to serve the growing demand for top talent across the Asia Pacific market. Morunda Asia specializes in placing challenging to fill roles in Sales, Marketing and Research and Development and is based in Singapore. Morunda understands that the pharmaceutical and biotechnology businesses around the world are grappling with declining R&D productivity. Singapore is the leading logistics hub globally, has world class intellectual property protection and is now Asia’s fastest-growing bio-cluster. Singapore additionally presents attractive strategic partnership / new medicines development opportunities with research institutes, corporate labs and public hospitals and future therapies that can be customized for regional and global markets.

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