Brook Hazelton Appointed President of Christie’s America

Brook Hazelton and his wife, Erin.

Brook Hazelton, former CEO and minority owner of Phillips de Pury & Company, has been named president in charge of client management services for Christie’s America.

In the newly created role, Hazelton will work under Jussi Pylkkänen, Christie’s global president, and alongside Marc Porter, chairman of the Americas.

Prior to his tenure at Phillips de Pury, Hazelton worked at the Carlyle Group and Goldman Sachs in both private equity investment and asset management. He is also the co-founder of St. James Partners, a private investment and advisory firm.

“Brook has a deep understanding of the art market and a passion for putting clients first,” Pylkkänen said in a press release. “With his significant experience and passion for engaging with both clients and colleagues, Brook is a welcome addition to our Americas team as we continue to grow and expand our market share in this important region.”

Photo: Sion Touhig/Getty Images

Photo: Sion Touhig/Getty Images

The announcement comes days after Jeremy Langmead, chief content officer for Christie’s, departed the auction house to return to his former post at Mr. Porter. “The only Bacon I could afford at Christie’s was from Ocado,” he wrote in an essay in this month’s Esquire UK.

Personnel shakeups have become something of a regular occurrence at Christie’s, most notably the shocking 2014 departure of CEO Steven Murphy (see Steven Murphy Stepping Down as Chief Executive Officer of Christie’s, Why Was Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy Fired?, Christie’s CEO Was “Panicked” Over Chinese Buyer Default, Leading to Private Sale of Ancient Bronze).

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