Who is Gaurav Bhatia (Ex Md of Sothebys)?
Quote by Gaurav Bhatia
Great style is …. “Collecting art, how you make a martini, fresh mogras in summer, truffle hunting in the San Miniato hills, Spaghetti Sundays at home and racing vintage Ferraris. That’s style to me.”
“True luxury is culture. It enriches your life.
Zara or Sari? And you can have both. Just weigh in what ratio you want fast fashion to slow luxury. And know how far your rupee can go in saving a tradition, in recognizing and uplifting our indigenous textiles. It’s really in your hands.
Luxury is a serious business. In times of slowdown, people may spend less, but true luxury brands always stand the test of time and cycles.
Art is the ultimate luxury.
Virtual collecting was my best orientation.”
Work Experience of Gaurav Bhatia in Sotheby’s
Sothebys Appointment as Managing Director in Mumbai
In 2016, Gaurav Bhatia was appointed as the Managing Director of Sotheby India to company’s international team to serve the collectors in India. The opening took off in Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai launched. After leading LVMH for nine long years, from 2007 to 2016, Gaurav Bhatia was appointed as the Managing Director of Sotheby India to company’s international team to serve the collectors in India. The opening took off in Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, in 2016. Since then, the company has expanded its scale and scope of its activities across the country.
Gaurav Bhatia Launches MAISON
Recently, Gaurav Bhatia came up with his own firm ‘MAISON‘, a luxury, bridge-to-luxury and lifestyle advisory cell that intends to share the magic of domestic and international luxury brands with India. Offering a number of services to the clients, MAISON believes in a long-term vision that builds on the legacy of brands, encouraging creativity and business excellence. Some of the services offered by MAISON include, marketing solutions, business development ideas, branding and re-branding solutions, communication and content creation, PR, digital strategy, etc.
Gaurav Bhatia Information
|Alma Mater||Middlebury College|
|Occupation||Former MD of Sotheby’s|
|Positions||Managing Director at Company NameSotheby’s (Oct 2016 – Present)
Marketing Director at Company LVMH (2007 – 2016)
Associate Partner at Company Young & Rubicam (1999 – 2006 July)
|Positions||Managing Director (Oct 2016 – Present)
Marketing Director (2007 – 2016)
|Birthdate||24 March 1975|
|Languages Known||Fluent in English and Hindi|
|Hobbies & Interests|| Fine Art
Awards and Honors
|Best Innovation in Customer Relationship for being able to initiate a corporate selling & wedding program||2010 & 2011|
|Best PR Award at MH Asia-Pacific Awards||2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012|
|Industry||Art, Events and Retail|
|Type of business||Private|
|Headquarter||Greater New York Area, East Coast, Northeastern US|
|Services||Sotheby’s conducts auctions and private sales of fine art, antiques and decorative art, jewelry, and collectibles.|
|No. of employees||1001-5000|
Interview of Gaurav Bhatia
Que 1. Describe why you love Mumbai?
Ans. I am a Bombay boy. I grew up in leafy Altamount Road in the heart of South Bombay and went to Cathedral and John Connon School. Our lives were idyllic, centred around our friends, the country clubs and tennis classes. I now live in the hip new Mill district of Mumbai – a very different city. Today it’s about realising dreams, multi-multi-tasking, and the traffic. It’s colorful chaos. Mumbai is many cities in one city. That’s what makes it exciting. I live in both.
Que 2. Why your office being at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel?
Ans. The Taj is the grand hotel of Bombay, built-in 1903, facing the monumental Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea. I guess we could say it’s a ‘room with a view!’.Being in the heritage (and hip) quarter with the museum mile, art galleries, boutiques, gastronomic hot spots, and a buzzing after-hours scene is always stimulating – it’s all within walking distance.
Que 3. What hidden gems do you gravitate towards in the city for celebrations/retreat/cultural interest?
Ans. The Mumbai gallery scene is very inspiring. My beat is usually Chemould Prescott Road, Chatterjee & Lal, Jhaveri Contemporary, Project 88, Sakshiand Tarq – all within the gallery mile. They have great shows of international calibre. Art Night Thursdays, twice a month, is when the city galleries come alive with inaugural shows and often serve wine on the house.
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