Hauser & Wirth appoints Fortnum & Mason head as first global chief executive
Ewan Venters is currently chief executive of Fortum & Mason Photo Sim Canetty Clark. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
With its array of artist-designed scarves, jigsaw puzzles and homewares (a £1,500 Max Bill cashmere blanket, for instance), you could be forgiven for thinking that Hauser & Wirth gallery is as much in the luxury retail industry as the art business.
Now, the ever expanding gallery and hospitality empire is employing Ewan Venters, currently the chief executive of the London department store Fortnum & Mason—purveyor of excellent teas, preserves and shortbreads—as its first global chief executive.
Venters, who has been at Fortnum &Mason since 2012, will start the role in January 2021, based in London. Working alongside and reporting to the gallerys co-presidents Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Marc Payot, he will lead the executive board.
“Ewan's appointment enables Manuela, Marc and I to focus on our artists and our relationships with our clients,” says Iwan Wirth, the president of Hauser & Wirth. “Ewan comes from outside the art world but also from a family owned business, not a corporate background, which is important to us.”
Wirth continues that, as Hauser & Wirth now has 11 gallery locations in four countries, Venterss appointment “will enable us to continue to innovate and stay at the forefront of creativity in business and is especially important in the digital sphere where he has significant expertiseRead More – Source