Michael Case

Michael Case

Organizational Behavior and HRM
Human Resource Management
MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business,
BA, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago


Mr. Case is a founder and managing director of Wahl & Case K.K., a Tokyo-based recruitment firm serving global firms operating or starting up in Japan and Asia, and Japanese firms expanding to international markets. He is the former head of executive search for Apple's multi-billion-dollar operation in Japan, where he built the current executive team. Prior to Apple, Mr. Case directed hiring at Morgan Stanley after serving as partner for technology-sector search at an executive search firm. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, Mr. Case has lived in Asia for over a decade, including stints in Taipei, Osaka, and Singapore, and is fluent in Japanese and Chinese; he has been granted Japanese permanent residency.

Faculty Message:

"In the current global economy business is powered by knowledge workers, and firms face two main resource constraints: financial capital and human capital. The latter is very scarce and top talent must either be acquired or groomed, and also aligned and incentivized strategically, for firms to succeed in intense worldwide competition. The best CEOs understand this and spend much of their time focused on recruiting, growing talent, and building structured people organizations, but most mid-level managers don’t pay enough attention to human resource issues. My aim is to help aspiring managers and leaders make the most of their human resources by keeping the strategic, long term goals of the organization in mind while making talent the key focus of their management technique."