Auction house Bonhams announced that Jean Ghika has been appointed its Global Head of Jewellery. As part of her new role, she will oversee sales in Bonhams global offices in London, New York, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
Ghika has had 25 years of experience working at Bonhams and is recognised as one of the world’s leading jewellery experts. She was appointed Director of Jewellery for UK & Europe in 2007. Bonhams said that under Ghika’s leadership, it has been UK market leader for seven of the past nine years.
Matthew Girling, Global CEO and former Global Director of Jewellery at Bonhams, said, “I have worked with Jean for more than 21 years and I am delighted to hand over this global role to her. She has demonstrated excellent business acumen in her current role and has been instrumental in giving strategic direction to the UK and European Fine Jewellery teams.”
Girling will remain closely involved with the jewellery department and will now assume a ‘chairman emeritus’ role for fine jewellery. He will also continue to take key jewellery auctions in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Ghika said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take on this role. All four selling locations in London, New York, Hong Kong and LA have established themselves with our clients and we have created a distinct identity in the marketplace, characterised by our personal approach and client service. I look forward to continuing this approach and developing the global offering, working in partnership with talented colleagues throughout the Bonhams network.”