NEW YORK—Christie’s has named Marc Porter chairman of Christie’s Americas, effective this month. Porter will lead the house’s Top Client program in the Americas, and will continue as president of Christie’s Japan and a member of the board.
Simultaneously, Stephen Lash has been appointed chairman emeritus; and Christopher Burge remains Christie’s principal auctioneer in the United States and honorary chairman, Americas.
Porter was appointed president of Christie’s Americas in early 2004. Prior to that, he held numerous other posts at Christie’s, including head of trusts and estates and international managing director for sales of Impressionist, modern, Postwar and contemporary paintings. Porter has also handled the sale of artworks looted during the Holocaust and later restituted, such as four paintings by Gustav Klimt returned to Maria Altmann, which the house sold at an auction in fall 2006 (ANL, 11/28/06).
Stronger Management Team in Asia
Christie’s also announced new appointments to strengthen its management team in Asia. François Curiel, who is currently chairman of Christie’s Europe and France, as well as international head of the jewelry department, has been appointed president, Asia, and will relocate to Hong Kong by the end of this month. Ken Yeh, previously deputy chairman, Asia, has been appointed chairman; Theow Tow, deputy chairman, Americas, has been appointed honorary chairman, Asia. Both Yeh and Tow will be responsible for Christie’s client and business development activities in Asia.
Jonathan Stone, who is currently international business director, Asian art, has been promoted to regional managing director, Asia.