Viscount Linley Appointed Hon. Chairman of Christie's EMERI


London – Christie’s announces that David Linley has been promoted to Hon. Chairman for Christie’s in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India from his former role of Chairman of Christie’s UK.

Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s, said: “Art collecting is truly global and our clients wish to work across sale locations, collecting categories and acquire or sell via auction, private sale and online.  Christie’s Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen across the globe are informed, passionate and devoted to helping collectors. As a team they are a vital part of our activities, working daily with clients to help support and navigate all the opportunities for collecting offered at Christie’s and beyond.”

In his new position, David Linley will work closely with the Chairman’s office teams, now to be headed in the UK by Orlando Rock. Now in his 10th year at Christie’s, Linley has travelled extensively across the world working closely with a growing number of collectors.

David Linley said: “Across the last 10 years I have seen a shift in collecting habits and tastes among those with whom I work closely. These clients, many of whom travel around the world, have many homes and many passions, have become truly global collectors, both in how they acquire the works they love and the eclectic nature of what interests them. It is no longer true to say that these key players are confined to a certain category and watching this transformation has helped to inform me in my travels as an ambassador for Christie’s.”

 “I have worked with David for many years and have witnessed his passion for design and the dialogue that can occur between objects and art from any period and artist.  In his new position, David will work more extensively on an international basis, a reflection of Christie’s commitment to serving our clients, wherever they are based,” continued Pylkkänen.

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David Linley was appointed to the non-executive Board of Christie’s in 2005 and assumed the role of Chairman of Christie’s UK in December 2006. David Linley’s passion for the arts was nurtured at school in Bedales, from where in 1980-82, he studied at Parnham House School for Craftsman in Wood. David Linley has written numerous books and lectured at leading institutions including the V&A Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the LA County Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.  He also retains a leading role in his eponymous company, LINLEY, which designs and manufactures furniture, upholstery and accessories.

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