Yves de Launay

  • Senior Vice President | Head of Wine, Americas
New York


Yves de Launay has joined Sotheby’s as Senior Vice President, Head of Wines for the Americas in 2022. He has a master’s degree (engineer) in agronomy specializing in international trade as well as viticulture and oenology.

He has spent over 25 years in the United States building luxury brands across the Americas and Caribbean in various Wine & Spirits categories including Champagne, Fine Bordeaux wines, Cognacs and Scotch, and then broadened his luxury expertise with time pieces, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics and fragrances.

He has served in a diversified array of multinational corporate groups such as Richemont, Kering, LVMH as well as family-owned companies.

He has had the opportunity to cover a variety of roles including General Management by creating and running the US subsidiary for the second largest champagne group as well as holding various top executive positions responsible for sizeable business units and large zones for luxury brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Cartier and Louis XIII cognac.

Most recently, he created the private client team for Moët Hennessy USA providing access to the most exclusive products from iconic LVMH houses such as Dom Perignon, Krug, Hennessy, Château d’Yquem, Château Cheval Blanc and Clos des Lambrays.

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