Dr Ken Cato AO (ADIA AGI AIGA ARMIT AWADA FAMI FDIA) is an Australian designer with an international reputation. He is chairman of Cato Brand Partners established in 1970, and has worked in 112 countries on many diversified brand building projects. Having celebrated 52 years, Cato Brand Partners has offices in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.
Ken’s work has afforded him immense global acclaim and as such he and his team have been recognised with many international awards.
Notable honours include being recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013 as well as being bestowed Hall of Fame status with ICOGRADA, The Premier's Design Awards, AGDA and The Design Institute of Australia. Ken has received honorary doctorates from Swinburne University and The University of the Sunshine Coast whilst becoming an Honorary Fellow of Monash University. In August of 2022 Ken was appointed Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Business and Management at UIC (Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University United International College).
Ken is a long-standing member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and is a past AGI President (1997 - 2000).
Ken’s passion for design extends beyond that of Cato Brand Partners; in 1991 he established the world's largest student design conference. Originating in Melbourne it now has substantial presence in China.
His work encompasses all facets of corporate and brand management and design. His work is represented in museums and galleries throughout the world.
A regular speaker at both design and business conferences, Ken has presented in over 30 countries and is an acclaimed author of over 20 books about design and business. His latest book ‘Recognise Me’ detailing 50 years of brand strategy and management learnings has recently been released internationally.