Phillips has named Lilly Chan, Christie’s global managing director for Asian art, as its new managing director of Asia. Chan will take up the post in May and will be based in the company’s Hong Kong office.
Chan will be responsible for implementing and managing all strategic, procedural, and operational aspects of the company in Asia with a focus on realizing Phillips’ vision for building its brand. Prior to joining Christie’s, Chan worked at JP Morgan Treasury Services, where she was the head of new product marketing for the Asia-Pacific market.
“The importance of Asia to our overall international growth strategy cannot be overstated,” said Phillips CEO Edward Dolman. “The collecting of contemporary art, design objects, photographs, and jewelry in Asia has been growing at an exponential rate and we are seeing more Asian collectors at our New York and London auctions. A foremost priority for us has been to strengthen our presence in Asia and build relationships with collectors across the region—and a critical component in this ambitious plan is the appointment of an experienced managing director such as Lilly. I look forward to working with her and our entire Asian team to build our reputation as the most innovative auction house in the region.”
Along with growing the Hong Kong office, Phillips has made a series of recent appointments to boost its presence in Asia. In the past year, the company named Jane Yoon as the regional representative in Korea, Cindy Yen in Taiwan, and Kyoko Hattori in Japan.