As of January 1, 2017, the internationally-renowned auction house will be under the vision and directorship of Guillaume Cerruti who will take his place as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.
The change in governance comes with the recommendation of Patricia Barbizet, the now former CEO of Christie’s, along with the full support of the Pinault family, who own Christie’s holding company, Groupe Artémis. As Cerutti takes his place as CEO, Mr. Pinault will assume the role of Chairman of the Board and Barbizet, the role of Vice Chairman.
“As we conclude a successful year, the time is right to adapt our structure and further enhance the tremendous work we have done to make the company more efficient, creative and collaborative,” says Barbizet in light of the recent announcement. With regards to their choice of candidate for the role of CEO, she adds that “Guillaume’s experience and deep knowledge of the art world will bring Christie’s one more step forward. Christie’s is a key asset for its shareholder.”
Cerutti, a well-known and respected authority in the art world, is currently the President of Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia and India (EMERI) operations. He has been operating for over a decade as a senior executive in the art auction world and within the cultural industry for over 20 years. “It is a great honour to take forward the company’s strategic initiatives and continue the successful work that have been implemented under Patricia’s tutorship,” commented Cerrutti. “At year-end, Christie’s continues to lead the market globally, and is poised for continued success. I will rely on Christie’s exceptional talents to build and adapt the company for the future.” christies.com