Brierley+Partners Names Kats Murakami as CEO – Jim Sturm to Become Executive Chairman
Brierley+Partners, the global loyalty and CRM leader, is proud to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Kats (Katsutoshi) Murakami as President and CEO of the company, effective on January 1, 2018. Jim Sturm, the company’s previous President and CEO, will assume the role of Executive Chairman.
This leadership change will further advance Brierley’s global strength and rapid growth into new industries and verticals worldwide.
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen as Brierley’s next President and CEO,” said Murakami. “It is such a privilege to be able to lead this organization that has such a tremendous reputation for delivering innovative and profitable results to some of the most successful and recognizable brands across the globe. I am committed to leading and expanding this company to new heights and successes.”
Prior to being named Brierley’s President and CEO, Murakami has held several executive positions at Brierley, including a current member of the Board of Directors. He served as the Chief Operating Officer since April 2017 and was previously the President of Brierley+Partners Japan. He joined the company in 2015 as Executive Vice President, Global Business Development with the Nomura Research Institute acquisition of Brierley+Partners. With over 20 years of experience as a management consultant, he has advised and supported more than 100 companies worldwide in a variety of industries. He graduated from Keio University with a Bachelor of Law degree and received an MBA from University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
Jim Sturm served as the President and CEO of Brierley+Partners from 2007 to 2017. He will transition into the role of Executive Chairman. In this role, Jim will provide advisory services to the leadership team and will remain highly engaged with prospects and customers.
“Jim has done an extraordinary job of leading this company. During his tenure, he established Brierley as the leader in the global loyalty and CRM market, he expanded the company's service offerings – most notably, the award-winning Brierley LoyaltyOnDemand® suite of technology solutions. Jim’s focus and dedication of the importance of relationships in everything that we do will remain the driving force of the company,” Murakami said.