Nick Johnston was born in 1970 and raised in Grantham, Lincolnshire, where he attended The Kings School (the same school Sir Isaac Newton attended, many years before, obviously). Nick moved to London where he worked in banking for eight years before joining an old school friend to set up a recruitment company in Hong Kong two weeks after the handover in 1997.
Over the next few years many of his clients relocated their offices to Japan, so Nick arrived in Tokyo on Christmas Day in 1998, and founded Wall Street Associates, which became the first international recruitment company to receive the ISO 9001 2000 certification in Japan. Ten years later WSA was purchased by en-japan, the premium Japanese online recruitment company, and rebranded as enworld. Nick stepped down as CEO in June 2012, by which time Enworld had over 180 staff in offices in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Sydney, a net fee income of US$28, million, and profit margin of over 25%.
Nick now invests in both professional services and tech companies, has a small film production company and owns three racehorses with a group of friends.
Nick enjoys spending time with his two young children, and is currently based in Singapore.