Phillips’s worldwide head of design and deputy chairman in Europe, Alexander Payne, has stepped down after working with the auction house for 20 years.
In a statement, Payne said, “I am immensely grateful for the loyalty and friendship of my wonderful colleagues, and for their dedication to, and belief in, the Design team. I will look back on my time at Phillips with much gratitude, and enormous pride in what my team has achieved.”
Payne himself set up the design department at Phillips. He was promoted to deputy chairman in Europe in 2016.
Ed Dolman, Phillips’ CEO, added, “Alexander has created a department that is world-renowned. He remains an internationally leading source of knowledge and expertise. Alexander will be remembered at Phillips for his passion and dedication, which have created some of the most significant auction results in recent history.”