NEW YORK: Auction house Phillips has tapped Christie’s International Real Estate VP Michael Sherman as chief communications and PR officer, a newly created role.
Sherman stepped into the role on Tuesday and reports to Phillips’ chairman and CEO Edward Dolman, who took the helm at the company last summer. He is based in New York and his number of direct reports is yet to be determined.
Before Sherman joined Phillips, Kim French stepped in to handle the role’s responsibilities on an interim basis in May as worldwide head of communications and PR. She told PRWeek that when Dolman came on board, Phillips had press presence in London, but none in New York.
French said she will depart the company in three months as Sherman transitions into the role. She did not comment on future plans.
Sherman is charged with overseeing global communications for Phillips, along with PR, messaging, and outreach to key stakeholders.
"This is a rapidly growing company and I hope to help the company reach its next level of growth," he told PRWeek.
For the past two years, Sherman has served as VP of corporate communications for Christie’s International Real Estate, the real estate arm of Christie’s auction house. While there, he supported the company’s brand by managing all external and internal communications.
He departed Christie’s in August. A Christie’s rep was not immediately available for comment on his replacement.
Before that, Sherman worked for media and entertainment company Clear Channel Communications as SVP of corporate communications for six years.
Previously, Sherman was director of communications in the administration of then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Earlier in his career, Sherman was a VP at Ogilvy PR. Before that, he was a writer at Bloomberg News, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Bloomberg reported this week that Phillips has been "adding online sales with EBay, expanding into categories such as rare watches and modern art, rebranding its new art sale and organizing selling exhibitions at its chic new headquarters in London’s Mayfair neighborhood."
Dolman, who used to be Christie's CEO, is currently assembling a team of former colleagues from Christie’s to gear up for growth.
Earlier this year, Sherman told PRWeek about his morning ritual and what he would do if he ruled the world for a day.