In January, Marc Porter, the former chairman and president of Christie’s America, joined Sotheby’s ranks as chairman of the fine art division. Three months later, Christie’s has announced that he will be returning to his position as chairman of the auction house, Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times reports.
Porter will have the same title that he had before his departure to Sotheby’s, but will assume additional responsibilities. He will now serve on the executive committee and supervise special projects. “In my new job, I can mentor all of these people that I want to mentor, I can stay close to the art which I’ve really cared about, I can be involved with the private sale program and I’m on the executive committee,” Porter said. “It’s just right for me.”
A twenty-five-year veteran at Christie’s, Porter has served in a number of roles at the auction house, including as chairman and president of the Americas; international head of private sales; and president of Christie’s, Japan. He also oversaw many high-profile sales such as the collections of Elizabeth Taylor and Sidney F. Brody.