LOS ANGELES – Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) has announced that Thomas Bompard, one of the company’s leading specialists in Impressionist & Modern Art, will relocate from London to Los Angeles, where he will begin a new role as Chairman of Sotheby’s West Coast, and Senior Specialist in the Fine Art Division. Bompard joins an impressive team in Los Angeles and San Francisco and expands the range of expertise and services available to Sotheby’s clients in the region.
“The West Coast is firmly established as an international art destination – home to many of today’s leading artists and collectors, as well some of the world’s great museums,” said Sotheby’s Global Head of Business Development Valentino Carolotti, continuing, “so we are excited to appoint a key specialist and talent, like Thomas, to the position of chairman to lead our operation in this critical region.”
“With each visit to California over the past several years, I found the energy and creativity of the art scene more and more impressive, and the passion and commitment of the collectors completely inspiring,” commented Bompard. “There is so much opportunity for Sotheby’s up and down the West Coast, and I couldn’t imagine a more exciting move for me personally. California is today, more than ever, the promise land of entrepreneurs with a unique life style – a natural paradise for art lovers and collectors.”
Bompard will assume his new role effective immediately, with a dual title – Chairman of Sotheby’s West Coast, and Senior Specialist in the Fine Art Division – and relocate to Los Angeles later this year.
“The collecting community in Los Angeles has reached a level of power and sophistication that demands senior expertise on the ground to work with clients every day,” said Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman of Sotheby’s Fine Art Division. “Having worked in the international centers of Paris and London, Thomas will bring tremendous experience and energy to a team that now reflects the range of services Sotheby’s has in its principal locations around the world.”
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