Sotheby’s announces new Co-European Chairmen

 Sotheby’s announces new Co European ChairmenSotheby’s announced new appointments in the roles of Co-European Chairmen of the company. Both Oliver Barker and Mario Tavella will take on the new role and join Philipp Württemberg, Chairman in Europe since 2011.

Maarten ten Holder, Sotheby’s Managing Director for Europe, said: “We are thrilled to see our highly-regarded colleagues Oliver and Mario step into their new roles as Chairmen. Both are great experts with a keen interest in many fields other than their own specialist areas, and both have already made huge contributions to the company’s worldwide efforts.”

Maarten ten Holder added, “Working alongside Philipp, who for many years has been a driving force in Europe, they will now take on ever-more important and visible roles with our clients, as well as advising senior management on priorities for Sotheby’s in Europe.”

Oliver and Mario will form part of a newly-instituted European Strategy Board. Co-chaired by Philipp Württemberg, Sotheby’s Chairman in Europe Managing Director, Sotheby’s Germany, and Robin Woodhead, Chairman of Sotheby’s International, the board will include nine other key leaders and specialists in the company. Together, they will help drive strategy for the company’s future growth, in UK and Continental Europe and across the Middle East, India and Africa.

Oliver Barker is a leading specialist in the field of Contemporary Art and a celebrated auctioneer. Oliver joined Sotheby’s London as a specialist in Impressionist Modern Art in 1994, and rose to Deputy Head of department and since 2001 has been part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department, where he has since been instrumental in helping the London team establish its pre-eminent position.

Appointed Président-Directeur Général of Sotheby’s France this January, Mario Tavella joined Sotheby’s in 1991 as a specialist in the furniture department. In 1998, he became both Head of Division and a member of the European board. From there he was appointed first European Head of Furniture and Decorative Arts, then Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and later, in 2007, co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Italy.

Philipp Württemberg joined the company in 1996. He was appointed Managing Director of Sotheby’s Germany in 1998. He took the rostrum for the Royal and Noble sales for years, was presented with white gloves for the sale of Romanov heirlooms, and was instrumental in bringing major collections and masterworks to the market.

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