AKQA Promotes Hideaki Hara to General Manager, Tokyo

AKQA has named Hideaki Hara as General Manager for AKQA Tokyo as part of a wider China and Japan management transition.

Hideaki replaces Sam Sterling who held the role of Managing Director AKQA China and Japan for three years and was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer, APAC late last year.

“The past eight years at AKQA have been extraordinary,” said Hara.


“We work with some of the most innovative brands in the world. Businesses are constantly changing, driving AKQA to press ahead of them to stay capable of being a trusted partner. I’m incredibly excited to continue to innovate with this remarkable team and our clients.”

Hara joined AKQA in 2013 as a Community Manager and has most recently held the role of Client Partner. He’s served clients such as Nike, Google, and Itochu.

“Hideaki is a wonderful human and lives and breathes AKQAs values,” said Brain Vella, Managing Partner for Asia Pacific.

“He brings a growth mindset to every room, and is well respected by his peers. Hideaki also knows the local market well, hence it was a natural decision to appoint him to this role. We are incredibly excited to see how he and the team will shape the next chapter for this passionate studio.”



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