Of Swiss and Belgian origin, Stefan Puttaert brings strong auction experience and art world knowledge to his appointment as Senior Director and Head of Sotheby’s Zurich office. Beginning his career in 1986, Mr Puttaert joined an international auction house in 1990, first in London, then in Zurich and Geneva from 1991 to 1995 as Vice President and Director.
In 1997, Mr Puttaert moved into the role of Fine Art Auctioneer, as Executive & Chief Operations Director Switzerland for another important international auction house in Geneva and Zurich. Five years later, Mr Puttaert started his own gallery with Beda Jedlicka, J&P Fine Art, based in Zurich to deal in Modern and Swiss Art.
In 2013, Mr Puttaert joined Sotheby’s as Senior Director and Head of the Zurich office. His appointment brings a wealth of experience to benefit Sotheby’s across many fields, underlying the importance of Switzerland in Sotheby’s global strategy to enhance the client’s experience with knowledge, expertise and proximity to the local market.
Mr Puttaert will strengthen Sotheby’s existing management team in Switzerland, alongside Caroline Lang and David Bennett. With that team, he will contribute experience from key positions at important auction houses and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to raise Sotheby’s ability to innovate and provide high-end services for our Swiss and international clientele.