Catherine Foster Ellison is Head of Business Development for Sotheby’s Americas. In her role she has strategic oversight for the region’s Valuations Department, Fiduciary Client Group, Consignment Management Department and Client Strategy team. Catherine joined Sotheby’s in 2014 in the role of Senior Account Manager in the Valuations Department, moved into the role of Director of Account Management in 2017 and later became Head of Department in 2019. During her tenure in the Valuations department, Catherine oversaw complex valuation projects prepared for estate tax and planning, charitable contribution, gift tax, collateral loan, collection management and insurance purposes. She was also responsible for the department’s strategic approach to appraisals, focusing on business development opportunities and enhancement of the client experience.
Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Catherine was a Specialist and Head of Sale in the American Art department at Christie’s where she also conducted appraisals for several important collections. She began her career in the American Art department at Hirschl & Adler Galleries where she worked for three years.
Catherine graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Architecture and has successfully completed the coursework and examination in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.