announced today the appointment of Lisa King as Chief Operating Officer and Group Managing Director of Christies International effective immediately. Ms. King, previously International Managing Director, Auction & Private Sales, assumes responsibility for the leadership and delivery of Christies Internationals Business Plan. In this expanded role, she will oversee Auction & Private Sales, Strategy, Marketing, Business Development, Human Resources, Operations, IT, Finance, Legal and the Groups Diversified Businesses including Christies Great Estates, Christies Fine Art Storage Services, Christies Insurance Services and Christies Education.
As we continue to further align the management of the business with our global objectives to lead in the international art market, lead the regional art market and grow our diversified businesses, Lisa Kings breadth of management experience, business acumen and strategic awareness position her perfectly for the COO role, said Edward Dolman, Chief Executive Officer of Christies International.
Lisa King joined Christies in 1996, having been a lawyer and senior manager with three leading international law firms in the city over a 12 year period. Her last position was with Herbert Smith, where she was Head of Information and Education. Wishing to develop her love of the arts, Ms. King studied Fine and Decorative Arts at Christies Education for two years, after which she joined the companys London headquarters as Special Projects Manager. In this capacity she managed some of Christies most successful sales including the sale of the Dundas Masterpieces in 1997, the sale of the contents of Hackwood Park and the Wentworth sale in 1998. In 1998, Lisa King was appointed Assistant Managing Director of Christies Europe, before being promoted to the role of Managing Director for Europe. In 2000, her responsibilities were extended to include the management of Auction & Private sales, Christies regional offices and client development and she was appointed International Managing Director, Auction & Private sales.