Sotheby's announces the appointment of Jean Qian as Managing Director, China, with immediate effect. Based in Shanghai, Jean will lead the China team to drive Sotheby’s local business expansion as part of the company’s global strategy. Reporting to Nathan Drahi, Managing Director, Sotheby’s Asia, Jean will work closely with Asian and global counterparts to elevate Sotheby’s presence in China by spearheading strategic growth initiatives and growing its client base.
“I am very pleased to welcome Jean to our Asia leadership team,” said Nathan Drahi. “China is a major strategic focus for Sotheby’s, and I look forward to our local development.”
Jean brings with her over 15 years of experience in business development and management across industries. Most recently, she was Vice President of Operations, China Region and APAC, at FARFETCH, a leading global platform for the luxury fashion industry. A pioneer in China’s luxury e-commerce industry, Jean joined FARFETCH’S China operations in 2015 as the first core management team member, where she built the company’s APAC operations from scratch and led a team of 150 staff across Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Prior to joining FARFETCH, Jean spent over 10 years in management consulting, guiding multinational companies across technology, media and telecoms, luxury retail and financial services sectors, with extensive experience in cross-border business development in China.