We speak to the studio’s CEO, Carsten Wierwille, about its journey from being founder-run to becoming an Employee Ownership Trust, and how it hopes to inspire other creative businesses to do the same
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The seeds of an employee-owned model were planted back in 2018, when Carsten Wierwille joined the studio as CEO, with the mandate to help Sinx and Mills begin transitioning away from running the business. “The goal really was to shift to a different model where the founders were less involved in the day-to-day running of the company,” he tells CR. “The topic of ownership came up, because I had gone to design firms that were owned by technology outsourcing firms, which in turn were owned by private equity, so I saw the clash of cultures and incentives. I could tell them a lot of horror stories in terms of what not to do.”