AKQA Appoints Sam Sterling to Chief Strategy Officer

    By Katerin Pantaleon - Sep 15, 2020
    AKQA Appoints Sam Sterling to Chief Strategy Officer

    Brian Vella, Sam Sterling, Alisia Muscat

    AKQA has today announced the appointment of Sam Sterling as Chief Strategy Officer across Asia-Pacific. Sterling previously lead the AKQA Shanghai and Tokyo studios for three years.

    Sterling recently completed her post-graduate studies in Innovation with Harvard University. Today, she is a doctoral candidate in a joint business administration program between China’s Fudan and England’s Durham Universities, where she is exploring the role of innovation in the ongoing performance of businesses.

    “The world is in an extraordinary place right now and the challenges of this time bring equally remarkable opportunities,” said Sterling. “I’m delighted to work with our team and clients to realize the full potential of these opportunities. Living in China, I feel I’m immersed in the most innovative market in the world, and there couldn’t be a more exciting time to both contribute to the growth in China, but translate learnings into impactful outcomes in the West.”

    “In the three years we have partnered Sam has demonstrated exceptional acumen for strategic thought and practice,” said Brian Vella, Managing Partner, AKQA Asia Pacific. “Her consistent results demonstrate her excellent contribution and influence for our teams and clients. As a result, we are excited to increase her responsibility for clients and further evolve our relationships”.

    Since joining AKQA in February 2018, the studios under Sterling’s leadership have won a range of clients including Maserati and Hyperice, as well as signing a landmark partnership with Japanese conglomerate, Itochu.

    The appointment is effective immediately. Sterling will remain located in Asia and continue to work closely with both the Chinese and Japanese businesses on leadership matters.


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