Kumi Sato, President and CEO
Kumi Sato took over the reigns of COSMO in 1987 and gave the company an international focus. Today, a majority of its clients are global firms.
Ms. Sato has been recognized numerous times for her leadership in business. In 2012, she was awarded Harvard Business School Club of Japan's "Business Stateswoman of the Year." In 2011, she was recognized by the Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards, winning the "Outstanding Individual Achievement" award. This was followed up with another win at The Gold Standard Awards 2011, where she won "The Prospect Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence."
In 2010, Ms. Sato became the first Japanese to be recognized by Campaign – a major trade publication – as Asia-Pacific Agency Head of the Year at the prestigious PR Week Awards in Hong Kong.
In July 2000, Business Week featured Ms. Sato as one of its "Stars of Asia - 50 Leaders at the Forefront of Change." In April 2000, the Star Group selected Ms. Sato as one of the “50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World."
Ms. Sato is an active member of several committees and boards in Japan. She served as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (ACCJ) in Japan from 2011–2012, and is also the Vice-Chair of the ACCJ’s Labor Diversification Task Force. Ms. Sato is also the Co-Chair of the Global Council for the New York-based Asia Society.
Ms. Sato is also the author of two books: Aisareru Kaisha no Joken (2007), which compares views on CSR by Japanese and American companies, and Communication Leadership (2012), which discusses strategic communications and how to use it most effectively.
From 2005 until 2010 Ms. Sato was a professor in the Department of Management at Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business, teaching corporate branding and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Ms. Sato is a graduate of Wellesley College, with a B.A. in East Asian Studies. Prior to joining COSMO, Ms. Sato worked at McKinsey and Company in New York from 1981 to 1983. She was born and raised in Japan and is fully bilingual in Japanese and English.