Dean DeBiase Named Executive Chairman at Digital Product Design Studio ÄKTA

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Dean DeBiase, a Silicon Valley veteran with a track record scaling emerging growth companies, has joined digital product design studio AKTA to help mid-cap and multi-national brands and global innovation partners capitalize on the "Internet of Everything."

Dean DeBiase, Executive Chairman, AKTA

We want to help companies to think, develop and compete more like start-ups and to recognize that they too can create the next-generation of innovative digital products and services that will transform entire industries.

ÄKTA, a leading digital product design studio, today announced that Dean DeBiase has joined the company as Executive Chairman.

A Silicon Valley veteran with a track record scaling emerging growth companies in Chairman, CEO and lead director roles, DeBiase has built leading brands in media, social/local/mobile commerce, analytics & insights, games & entertainment, retail & distribution, innovation, technology and Internet services industries, and led global organizations through expansion, turnaround, roll-up, M&A and IPO phases.

As Executive Chairman, DeBiase will help lead ÄKTA’s global expansion efforts and partnerships with mid-cap and multi-national brands, business technology firms, agency and marketing channels, and also develop AKTA’s board to help guide the company’s rapid growth.

“At ÄKTA, we are big believers that high quality, innovative digital product design should not be limited to cutting-edge emerging growth brands and start-ups,” said John Roa, CEO of ÄKTA. “Dean shares this belief, and will help us further expand our fast-growing footprint with multi-national partners who are ready for the transformational impact of research-based user experience design in the digital age.”

“The ‘Internet of Everything’ is beginning to impact the 80 percent of industry sectors that have not yet been disrupted by technology,” said DeBiase. “We want to help companies to think, develop and compete more like start-ups and to recognize that they too can create the next-generation of innovative digital products and services that will transform entire industries.”

DeBiase is CEO of Reboot Partners and has been the chief executive of over a dozen private and public corporations and Fortune 500 subsidiaries, including Autoweb, which he took public and merged with Autobytel; The Imagination Network, a social media games company acquired by AOL; Entertainment Promotions, which expanded into digital, and was restructured and acquired; and TNS Media, a roll-up of media, advertising analytics and insights companies acquired by WPP.

Author, speaker and frequent media guest, DeBiase is a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors, a Senior Fellow at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Innovation Network, a board member and entrepreneurial mentor at 1871, and co-author of the best-selling book, The Big Moo, with Seth Godin & Malcolm Gladwell.

About ÄKTA

ÄKTA is a digital product research and design studio. http://www.akta.com

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