Yana Peel Named CEO of the Serpentine Galleries

Yana Peel, cofounder of Outset Contemporary Art Fund and CEO of Intelligence Squared, has been appointed CEO of the Serpentine Galleries. She will be working with Hans Ulrich Obrist, who continues on as artistic director.

Peel will be filling a role left vacant as the Serpentine’s director, Julia Peyton-Jones, steps down this month after twenty-five years at the institution.

Before she moved to Asia in 2009, Peel served as codirector of Outset for seven years, pioneering new models of sponsorship for public arts projects and helping Tate acquire over one hundred works through the Outset Frieze Art Fair acquisitions fund. At Tate she serves on the digital advisory group, the international council, and the executive council while also holding advisory or board positions at the V&A, Lincoln Center, V-A-C Foundation Moscow, and Asia Art Archive. She has been a trustee at the Serpentine since 2015, and is cochair of Hong Kong’s contemporary art space Para Site, where she worked with director and curator Cosmin Costinas to shift the venue from a government-funded to private-funded model.

A recipient of the Mont Blanc Award for Arts Patronage for her fundraising and development work in service to the visual arts, she is a regular speaker and moderator at the Davos Annual meeting, serving as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2015, she was named by the South China Morning Post as one of “Ten Outstanding Women for this Year.”

The chair of Serpentine Galleries since 2014, former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has praised Peel for her “extraordinary record of service to the arts with outstanding business experience.” He added: “The Serpentine has a well-earned reputation for embracing new and exciting ideas, and I am confident that Yana and Hans Ulrich’s bold new leadership will enable us to continue pushing new boundaries for contemporary artists and audiences.”