Guillaume Cerutti (born March 20, 1966 in La Ciotat, France) is a
business executive, formerly a senior civil servant. He is currently
Chief Executive Officer of Christie's.
Guillaume Cerutti was born on March 20, 1966 in
La Ciotat near
Marseille in France. He graduated from
Sciences Po and then from
Ecole Nationale d'Administration
Ecole Nationale d'Administration (1991).
Cerutti began his career as a civil servant in thethe internal audit
service of the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance. In
March 1996 he was appointed Managing Director of the Centre Georges
Pompidou, a position he occupied for five years. From 2002 to
2004 he served as Chief of Staff to Jean-Jacques Aillagon, French
Minister for Culture and the Media. In this role he was directly
responsible for preparing the law of August 1, 2003, that made the
French legal regime relating to sponsorship and private foundations
into one of the most attractive in Europe.
From 2004 to 2007, Cerutti was head of the Directorate for Competition
and Consumer Protection (DGCCRF) at the French Ministry of the Economy
and Finance. In this capacity, he also held the position of
Vice-President of the International Competition Network (ICN), which
brings together the leaders of the world's competition
In September 2007, Cerutti joined Sotheby's, the international auction
house, as CEO of
Sotheby's France. In September 2011, he was
appointed deputy chairman of
Sotheby's Europe, with
responsibilities extended to cover France, Benelux, Monaco and Italy.
During his tenure,
Sotheby's became a leader on the French art market,
in particular thanks to several prestigious French art collections
sold in Paris, London, or New York.
In July 2015, Cerutti left
Sotheby's to join Christie's, as president
for Europe, Middle East, Russia and India (EMERI). In December 2016,
he has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Christie's, with
effect from the 1st of January 2017.
Cerutti is the author of numerous reports and articles, and of a book
dedicated to cultural policies, La politique culturelle, un enjeu du
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