The Paddle8 team has deep experience in art, design, and technology.

Our Team

  • Liv Townsend

    Auction Coordinator

  • Johanna Lenander

    Director of Content & Copy

  • Liz Gilchrist

    Director of Events

  • Edita Zulic

    Europe & Middle East Director, Benefit Auctions


    Edita comes with over a decade of experience in communications and special events at the United Nations and has collaborated with artists on various projects. She holds an MA in history of Venetian art at the University of Warwick.

    Edita collects foreign languages, coin jewelry, and drawings of cities.

  • Emily Upton

    Associate Director, Benefit Auctions


    Emily recently completed studies in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art. She previously worked on fundraising events at the BC Cancer Foundation after studying History and Art History at University of Victoria.

  • Natasha Kaye Whiffin

    Manager, Asia Development

  • Laura Paterson

    Senior Specialist, Co-Head, Photographs

  • Kate Duggan

    West Coast Director, Benefit Auctions

    Kate brings experience in art fair production, art advisory, and collection management. She has an art history degree and received her MA from Sotheby's Institute.

    Kate collects artwork by emerging contemporary artists and small elephant statues.

  • Eddie Hautchamp

    Specialist, Europe & Middle East

  • Nicole Monforton

    Auction Coordinator

  • Lauren Ventrone

    Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • Nicolas Gitton

    Business Director, Europe & Middle East


    After several museum experiences, Nicolas spent 4 years working on museum development projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with former Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens. Nicolas holds a business degree from Paris HEC Business School and an art history degree.

    Nicolas collects post-war prints, comic books, and old Bordeaux.

  • Holly Greenfield

    Senior Director, Benefit Auctions


    Holly comes to Paddle8 with extensive experience working with museums and non-profits on fundraising and event production. She was previously VP at Livet Reichard Company and received a Masters from Columbia University.

    Holly collects spices.

  • Thomas Stimpson

    Director of Digital Marketing & Data Insights

  • Rebecca Lax

    Specialist, Prints & Multiples

  • Alexandra Lambert

    Manager, Client Development

  • Tim Thorpe

    Developer


    With a degree in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo, Tim brings a wealth of experience and expertise in web application development to Paddle8. He has been the lead developer at startups around the New York City area.

    Tim collects screen printed art, and coffee paraphernalia.

  • Jaimie Park

    Production Designer

  • Ashley Leutner

    Associate Director, Benefit Auctions


    Ashley comes to Paddle8 with years of experience working at non-profits, museums, and in other creative industries. She has her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her MA from the University of the Arts.

    Ashley collects rare books.

  • Bomi Kim

    Administrator & Cataloguer-Asian Art

  • Lauren Berkaw

    Fine Arts Administrator

  • Aditya Julka

    Co-Founder


    A Harvard Business School Baker Scholar, McKinsey veteran and serial entrepreneur, Aditya has in his previous projects successfully merged his background in biotechnology, biochemical engineering and business.

    Aditya collects KAWS toys, urban artists including Banksy, contemporary Indian artists, and face masks from different regions of the world.

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  • Samantha Russell

    Auction Coordinator

  • Anna Hygelund

    Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art

  • Gregory Esposito

    Luxury Auction Administrator

  • Leslie Edwards

    Director, Client Development & Services


    Leslie joins Paddle8 with rich experience in bringing major private collections and estates to the auction block. She spent the majority of her 14 year career in the art world at Christie's, where she advised collectors and heirs on issues related to collection management, valuation and customized sales strategies.

    Leslie collects Outsider Art.

  • Simone Shields

    Junior Specialist

  • Stephanie Kryzak

    Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • Thatcher

    Performance Artist

  • Reshum Panchal

    Senior Product Manager

  • Liza Kiraz

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions West Coast


    Liza joins Paddle8 with a background in the visual and performing arts in the area of fundraising, education, and public programming. She has a BA in Art History from UCLA and an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries from King's College London.

    Liza likes to collect emerging artist prints and Taschen books.

  • Noël Shipp

    HR Assistant + Assistant to Co-Founders

  • Melissa Caspary

    Email Marketing Manager

  • Shawn Lisle

    Designer

  • Elizabeth Milnes

    Director, Shipping & Logistics

  • Deborah Ripley

    Director, Contemporary Art & Prints

  • Sean Smith

    Software Engineer

  • Louisa Strahl

    Business Development Director, Europe & Middle East


    Louisa comes to Paddle8 with a passion for contemporary art, architecture and design and prior experience at a leading global private bank and art advisory. She holds an MBA from the University IFM in Geneva and an MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby's Institute of Art.

    Louisa collects swatch watches, art books and artwork by emerging artists.

  • Sarah Bencic

    Manager, Benefit Auctions


    Sarah comes to Paddle8 after working in development and event production with various non-profits. She holds a degree in art history.

    Sarah collects vintage film cameras and retro sunglasses.

  • Stephen Francis

    Production Designer

  • Sarah Brown McLeod

    US Director of Press & Communications

  • Patrick Rich

    Asst. Director, Shipping & Logistics

  • Madeleine Lill

    Receptionist

  • Lane Brenner

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions

  • Stuart Alexander

    Senior Specialist, Co-Head, Photographs

  • Allison Hastings

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions, Europe & Middle East

  • Sibylle Rochat

    Senior Director, Private Sales, Europe & Middle East


    After starting at Christie's, Sibylle worked for Marc Blondeau, co-founded SAKS Gallery in Geneva and later focused on secondary market dealing. She holds an MA from Christie's Education NY.

    Sibylle is an avid collector: she would sell her dog Dakota for a good work by a Picture Generation artist.

  • Michael Wooten

    Manager, Marketing Projects

  • Maura Smith

    Business Development Director, Southeast Region

  • Courtney Chapel

    Auctions Manager


    Courtney received her Masters in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art and her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth. Previously, she held positions at the MFA Boston, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and more.

    Courtney collects cheap street drawings/paintings from anywhere she travels.

  • Madeleine Rothery

    Cataloguer

  • Marshall Weisiger

    Client Services Coordinator

  • Julian Saenz

    Front End Developer

  • Stefany Morris

    Head of Fine Arts

  • Meghan McCarthy

    Client Services Manager

  • Zoran Popovici

    Accounts Payable Coordinator

  • Michael McClellan

    Senior Product Manager

  • Alix de Torquat

    Marketing Director, Europe & Middle East


    Alix comes to Paddle8 with a decade of experience in the luxury and arts industry, having worked most recently at Sotheby's as Business Director in Marketing. She holds an MBA from ESSEC and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

    Alix collects vintage hats and artists' monographs.

  • Sophie Salamon

    Specialist


    Sophie joins Paddle8 with experience in emerging art and corporate collections management, having worked at Galerie NEU, Berlin and the European Investment Bank. She studied at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

    Sophie collects emerging artists, first edition books and novelty fridge magnets.

  • Laura Brooks

    General Counsel, Operations

  • Georgia McElveen

    Head of Design


    Georgia graduated from Parsons The New School for Design with a degree in Design and Technology. She began her career as a gallerist, focusing on contemporary art while co-curating shows.

    Georgia collects Homies.

  • Brad Suneson

    Global Finance Manager

  • William Hughes

    Sr. Business Analyst

  • George Brassey

    Developer

  • Steve Perez

    IT Support, Tech Ops

  • Ram Nadella

    Principal Engineer

  • Bethany Merryman

    HR Coordinator

  • Emily Smith

    Senior Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • Anastasia Voron

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions

  • Olivia Linville

    Auction Coordinator

  • Osman Khan

    Co-Founder


    Osman has a diverse academic background, including an MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was an investment banker in New York focused on M&A and private capital raising.

    Osman collects vintage cookbooks and cookware.

  • Keshav Mahedru

    Strategic Market Analyst

  • Alan Zeng

    Junior Specialist, Collectibles

  • Grace Pullin

    Senior Client Service Coordinator

  • Brent Lewis

    Head of Single Owners Sales & Special Collections

  • Christy Leleck

    Director of HR

  • Anastasija Jevtovic

    Auction Coordinator, Europe

  • Jenny Shepherd

    Senior Auction Coordinator

    Jenny comes to Paddle8 from Science Ltd./Damien Hirst Studio, where she worked in research, exhibitions and production. She holds a BA in Fine Art and Music, and has classical training in painting, drawing, and singing.

    Jenny collects British Vogues and artwork by emerging artists.

  • Caroline Bondi

    Designer

  • Joe Bernardi

    Developer

  • Shea Goli

    Senior Specialist


    Shea joins Paddle8 after experience working with both emerging artists and artists Estates. She has held positions with the Suzanne Geiss Company and Phillips and holds a BA from NYU and a MA from Parsons.

  • Tanya Grigoroglou

    Head of Prints, Europe

  • Matthew Crenshaw

    Developer


    Matthew collects vinyl, pre-euro currency, and small elephant statues.

  • Kevin Altamirano

    Director of Events & Technical Operations

  • Jessica Van Den Brand

    Benelux Region Representative

  • Margaret Olson

    Business Development Regional Manager, Midwest


    Maggie comes to Paddle8 with years of experience working with auction houses, artist foundations and museums. She received her MA from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London.

    Maggie collects vinyl records and select New Yorker issues (with particularly interesting cover art).

  • Alexander Gilkes

    Co-Founder


    First bitten by the art bug at Eton College, his interest evolved at LVMH, where, as one of the youngest members of an executive team, he helped revamp the Krug brand and business, before joining Phillips as marketing director and auctioneer. Today he continues his duties on the auction circuit.

    Alexander collects decanters, maps, busts, and contemporary artist toys.

  • Joslin van Arsdale

    Senior Specialist, Photography

  • Samantha Krupnick

    Audience Development Director

Anna Hygelund

Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art

New York

Shea Goli

Senior Specialist

New York

Shea joins Paddle8 after experience working with both emerging artists and artists Estates. She has held positions with the Suzanne Geiss Company and Phillips and holds a BA from NYU and a MA from Parsons.

Eddie Hautchamp

Specialist, Europe & Middle East

London

Joslin van Arsdale

Senior Specialist, Photography

Los Angeles

Sophie Salamon

Specialist

London

Sophie joins Paddle8 with experience in emerging art and corporate collections management, having worked at Galerie NEU, Berlin and the European Investment Bank. She studied at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Mireya Lewin

Consultant Specialist

Los Angeles

Mireya has experience in contemporary art, photography and finance, having worked with private, corporate and non-profit collectors. She holds an MA from Columbia and an MA and PhD from the Courtauld.

Hadley Leary

Junior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

Dean Harmeyer

Senior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

Alan Zeng

Junior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

Rebecca Lax

Specialist, Prints & Multiples

New York

Aditya Julka

Co-Founder

A Harvard Business School Baker Scholar, McKinsey veteran and serial entrepreneur, Aditya has in his previous projects successfully merged his background in biotechnology, biochemical engineering and business.

Aditya collects KAWS toys, urban artists including Banksy, contemporary Indian artists, and face masks from different regions of the world.

Alexander Gilkes

Co-Founder

First bitten by the art bug at Eton College, his interest evolved at LVMH, where, as one of the youngest members of an executive team, he helped revamp the Krug brand and business, before joining Phillips as marketing director and auctioneer. Today he continues his duties on the auction circuit.

Alexander collects decanters, maps, busts, and contemporary artist toys.

Osman Khan

Co-Founder

Osman has a diverse academic background, including an MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was an investment banker in New York focused on M&A and private capital raising.

Osman collects vintage cookbooks and cookware.

Hikari Yokoyama

Curator

Hikari cut her teeth working at the multi-faceted Deitch Projects while she finished her degree in Fine Arts and Art History at Columbia University. She then went on to acquire and commission artworks on behalf of private collectors and worked in various capacities including as Roving Director of Gresham's Ghost, co-founder of Art Observed.com and producing a collaboration between artist and pop star. She now lives in London working as a brand communications consultant.

Hikari collects artwork by artists of her own generation, vinyl, and rare books.