Bonhams make new Japanese appointment in Tokyo

The international fine art auction house, Bonhams, has appointed Akiko Tsuchida as the company's new Managing Director, Business Development, in Japan with immediate effect.

Based in Tokyo, Akiko will be responsible for raising Bonhams profile in Japan and winning new clients for the company sales in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Akiko was born in Japan and is a graduate of the Meiji University. She entered the art world by studying with a leading international auction house in London.

On the completion of her studies she joined the company's Classic Car Department leaving after some time to join Bonhams and Brooks
as theirClassic Car representative in Japan.

Ms Tsuchida has extensive experience of the financial world, having worked for some years with large American and Japanese financial groups, focused on business with global institutional investors and developing high-net-worth connections for them.

Commenting on her new appointment to lead Bonhams operation in Japan, she said: "This is a very exciting challenge. It gives me great pleasure to be involved in the further development of the Japanese market for this long-established auction house, to which I can bring my energy and my specialist knowledge. I look forward to liaising with clients from my homeland and offering them our expertise and services as an international market leader."

Colin Sheaf, Bonhams Asia Chairman, comments: "We are delighted to have Akiko join us. Having worked with her in the past I know how dedicated and hardworking she is and I am confident that her appointment will further strengthen our team in Asia."

Malcolm Barber, Bonhams CEO, adds: "Akiko will doubtless prove to be a remarkable asset for Bonhams in what is an increasingly important market for us, with Asian arts achieving ever higher results at sale."


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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