Christie’s, one of the top auction houses in the world, announced Cathy Busch as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Christie’s Chicago. In this role, Ms. Busch will oversee the company’s growth strategy and client engagement in the Midwestern region (spanning 13 states) as Christie’s looks to expand sourcing and buying activity across this important domestic market.
Ms. Busch, a veteran of the auction industry, spent 15 years serving the Midwest region in various capacities at Sotheby’s in Chicago, including as VP and Director. Most recently, Ms. Busch served as President of Branca, Inc., a leading residential design firm with offices in Chicago and New York. Before embarking on a career in art and design, Ms. Busch served as Press Secretary and Director of Public Affairs for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan in Los Angeles, following her service in the White House.
At Christie’s Chicago, Ms. Busch will work closely with Steve Zick, Senior Vice President from the region’s main office at the Hancock Center (875 N. Michigan Ave.). Ms. Busch succeeds Lisa Cavanaugh, who is retiring from Christie’s after a highly successful 30-year career during which she was managing director of Christie’s Chicago and Houston offices.
Ms. Busch graduated from Miami University, Ohio with a B.A. in English Literature. She has served on charitable and cultural boards including the Woman’s Boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, and the Field Museum of Natural History; the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Board of Trustees, and has assumed numerous leadership positions at the Chicago Botanic Garden over the years. She lives in Winnetka with her husband and children