Gurr Johns announces the appointment of Ben Clark as Deputy CEO of Gurr Johns International. Ben will be based in London where he will continue to develop the firm’s global advisory business, with a focus on the company’s growth in Asia.
Ben joins Gurr Johns with 20 years of experience in the art market, the majority spent at Christie’s where he was a trusted advisor and proven deal-maker. Most recently, Ben has been based in Hong Kong as Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Asia, before which he was Managing Director and Global Head of Client Strategy, based in London. His global experience allowed him to cultivate a deep understanding of the international art market and build a track-record in fostering long-term relationships with art collectors and institutions.
At Gurr Johns, Ben will work closely with Harry Smith, Chairman and CEO of the company, and the senior directors in both America and Europe. He will continue to develop the independent art advisory business with an aim to grow the firm’s global reach and deliver strategic initiatives, with a particular focus on business development in Asia.
In addition to his significant transactional experience Ben has a solid understanding of Gurr John’s core valuation business; he started his career at Christie’s in this area in 2000 as a specialist in Estates & Appraisals. Ben will take up his position at Gurr Johns in early 2020 at the conclusion of a non-compete clause.
Harry Smith, Chairman and CEO of Gurr Johns, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Ben to Gurr Johns. With experience in both the valuations and advisory sides of the art market, he brings a combination of both exacting business acumen and a passion for the arts. Gurr Johns is continually adapting to the demands of international collectors; aided by Ben’s most recent experience as Deputy Chairman for Christie’s in Asia, we particularly look forward to further developing our presence and capabilities in the Far East where we have seen significant growth over recent years.”