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French Forum - "The Winning Bid" - CEO Christie's

Tuesday 03 March 2020

5:45pm - 7pm

Sumeet Valrani Lecture Theatre, CBG 1st floor

French Forum - "The Winning Bid" - CEO Christie's

The LSE French Forum is excited to welcome Guillaume Cerutti, CEO of Christie's, as our next speaker.

Seats for this event are allocated on first come first served with a ticket.

Guillaume Cerutti has art at heart. After starting his career in civil service at the prestigious French Inspection Générale des Finances, Mr Cerutti quickly embraced his passion for culture and art and became Chief of Staff at the French Minister for Culture. In 2015, the former deputy chairman of Sotheby's Europe joined its eternal rival Christie's, and became CEO in 2017.

Christie's is the world's first auction house, with sales in 2018 totalling $7 billion. In 2017, under Mr Cerutti's leadership, Christie's landed the world's most expensive art deal ever with the sale of the "Salvator Mundi" by Leonardo da Vinci for $450.3 million in New York. Christie's is owned by French billionaire François Pinault, founder of luxury group Kering (Gucci, Saint-Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen...) and one of the most preeminent art collector.

This interview will be led by Dr Catherine Thomas, Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy in the Department of Management at LSE.
It will be followed by a Q&A session.