Kumi Sato took over the reins of COSMO in 1987 and gave the company its 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.”
Ms. Sato is an active member of several committees and boards overseas, and has held several leadership positions within these throughout her career. In 2013, Ms. Sato was appointed as Advisor for the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT), and she is the Co-Chair of the Global Council for the New York-based Asia Society. Ms. Sato is also the founder of BioCube, a think tank with a focus on healthcare and bio-related topics.
Ms. Sato served as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (ACCJ) for 2011 and 2012, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the ACCJ’s Growth Strategy Task Force. For recognition of her 27-plus years of service to the chamber, Ms. Sato was appointed as the first Chairman Emeritus in January 2015.
Ms. Sato is a business lecturer for Business Breakthrough, Dr. Kenichi Ohmae’s online business school and the author of two books: Aisareru Kaisha no Joken (2007), which compares views on CSR by Japanese and American companies, and Communication Leadership (2012), a business text book on strategic communication.