Cadell, global art advisors, announced today the appointment of Caroline Sayan as Chief Executive Officer & President, Cadell North America.
“Following increasing demand for our work by global sellers, evidenced by over $150 million in consignments during 2021, we are delighted to welcome an executive leader with such depth of experience at the very top echelons of the art world to drive the expansion of our operations”, said Cadell Founders, Willem-Joost de Gier and Richard Bagnall-Smith. “We know all existing and future clients will appreciate and benefit from Caroline’s drive, unparalleled art world experience and technical abilities as well as her strong interpersonal skills.”
Caroline Sayan said “The art market remains a complex landscape to navigate especially when deciding how to sell art. There are a growing number of clients including those advising Trusts and Estates that would benefit from experienced, unbiased, and professional advice around all the options available in the market. This has become particularly important as art has grown in importance as an asset class. Conflicts of interest that exist in the market can be a real challenge in achieving the best results for a client, so our role at Cadell is to be truly independent. I am looking forward to working with private client professionals and their clients to ensure that they have the best possible experience when choosing how, where and when to sell art and collections.”
Based in New York, Caroline joins Cadell after a distinguished 25-year career at Christie’s. Most recently, she was Global Managing Director overseeing all international auction, private and digital sales of 20th Century art including Impressionist and Modern Art, Latin and American Art, 19th Century works of art, Prints and Multiples and Modern British Art. Previously located in Beijing, Caroline launched the first art auctions in Mainland China for a western auction house. In addition, she established private and retail sales as a global business division and created the first commercial office overseeing global deal negotiations as well as financial lending and loaning services. Notable business consignments overseen by Ms. Sayan included some of the top family collections in America starting with the Victor and Sally Ganz Collection in the late 1990s and continued with major families, foundations, and collections such as Loeb, Heinz, Tisch, Alsdorf, Perrenchio, Cleveland Clinic, Ebsworth, Newhouse, Bass, Rothschild, Koch and most recently the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection to name a few.