ITOCHU digital transformation alliance


Japan’s ITOCHU Corporation has agreed a partnership with AKQA which will align the companies’ vision for future-proofing businesses through transformation programmes.

AKQA teams in the US and Japan will work with ITOCHU delivering digital transformation programmes, including both vision and implementation. This hybrid approach has led AKQA to be recognized as market leaders by both Forrester and Gartner over the past two years.

The partnership will see AKQA’s design expertise come together with ITOCHU’s understanding, leadership and relationships in the Japanese market to offer business strategy, design, technology implementation and organizational up-skilling of teams.

Sam Sterling, Managing Director, AKQA said: “Japan is a highly dynamic market with a long and enviable history of being forward thinking when it comes to the application of technology. I’m excited for AKQA to be part of continuing this reputation together with such a highly respected Japanese company. The combination of AKQA’s extensive experience and methodology, and ITOCHU’s network has significant potential for both organizations, whilst making a substantial contribution to the future.”

Masato Horiuchi, General Manager, Information Technology Business Department, ITOCHU Corporation said: “We are thrilled to work with AKQA, the true global leader of Digital Transformation agency with tremendous proven track-records with global brands. We are certain that this joint program with AKQA will bring the Japanese market more customer-centric and digital-driven business transformation and look forward to helping Japanese companies and organizations to make sustainable growths in the digital age.”