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Gurr Johns is pleased to announce the appointment of Lilly Dai as Business Development Director, Asia. In this new role, Lilly will be responsible for promoting Gurr Johns across China and South East Asia, ensuring that both private art collectors and institutional clients have the greatest and most seamless possible access to the company’s full suite of art advisory services, including brokerage, valuations, collection management, and art finance.

A native Mandarin speaker, Lilly’s time will be split between London, Greater China and South East Asia. She will work closely with Ben Clark, CEO of Gurr Johns, who joined the firm in 2019 having previously been based in Hong Kong as Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Asia, and for whom promoting best-practice and enshrining impartial professional services in the Asian art market is a key strategic priority.

Ben Clark, CEO of Gurr Johns, says: “We are delighted and honoured that Lilly is joining the Gurr Johns global team; an important appointment which reinforces our commitment to serve as impartial and trusted professional advisors to art collectors across Asia. We have been fortunate to welcome a significant number of new private art collectors from the region in recent years as the art market in China and South East Asia has grown apace, alongside the desire for independent advice and expertise. We are excited that Lilly’s arrival allows us to build on this growth and to ensure that both new and existing clients can receive the greatest levels of support, market insight and expertise from Gurr Johns’ college of advisors worldwide.”

Prior to joining Gurr Johns, Lilly has spent the majority of her professional career in the art world most recently working for an advisory business in London. She has a BSc and MSc in Urban Design from University College London and a diploma in the History of Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.