Bonhams Appoints Chris Tolson as Chief Technology Officer

The international auction house Bonhams is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Tolson as Chief Technology Officer.

Chris will be based in the auction house's London headquarters in New Bond Street and will lead the global transformation of the digital landscape at Bonhams. He will be working with the IT team to enhance all aspects of the company's technology strategy and to ensure it aligns with the business goals. In particular, Chris will oversee the overhaul of the Bonhams' website and take the digital experience across all platforms to the next stage.

Tolson has been involved in the cutting-edge of digital technology since 1995. After gaining a first-class degree in Design Management at De Montfort University, Leicester, he has worked in a variety of technical roles, including Chief Platform Architect at bet365, where he was responsible for the entire IT delivery for the global operation of the business and which was transformed by his initiatives during the 12 years that he worked for the company. Subsequently, Tolson joined the telecommunications provider, NTT Europe, as CTO, where his mission was to lead IT strategy, and The Workshop, where as Chief Information Officer, he headed up all aspects of the future service strategy.
Bonhams Global CEO, Matthew Girling said: "I am delighted to welcome Chris to Bonhams. With his flair for innovative technological solutions and experience in creating and rebuilding digital platforms, Chris will take Bonhams forward in all areas of our business."

Bonhams Executive Chairman Bruno Vinciguerra added: "This is an important appointment that will put us in a significantly better position to deliver on our ambitions in the years ahead."

Chris Tolson said: "I am very excited to be joining Bonhams and look forward to the challenge of developing the Bonhams brand at this crucial point in its history."

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com

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