Crown Fine Art has appointed shipping and logistics specialists David Giles, formerly of Momart, and Wayne Sewsanker, formerly of Bonhams and Butterfields, to the joint position of Operations Manager.

Crown Fine Art delivers secure transportation, storage, installation and de-installation services for the world’s museums, art galleries, auction houses and private collectors; and David and Wayne will have a remit to enhance an already experienced team and support the business in its next phase of development.

David and Wayne will work cohesively to ensure all Crown Fine Art operational needs in the UK & Ireland are met, ensuing the safe, secure and efficient transportation of works of art and museum artefacts around the world. David will take responsibility for airport operations at Crown Fine Art, while Wayne will lead the warehouse and transport operations. They will jointly be responsible for compliance with health and safety standards, in line with the international accreditation standard awarded to the company earlier this year.

Prior to joining Crown Fine Art, David spent nine years at Momart as airport operations supervisor and trainer and worked on projects such as the Damien Hirst “Retrospective” exhibition at Tate Modern, helping to move the infamous formaldehyde shark. His previous experience also includes 10 years working as cargo operations and sales manager for Continental Airlines.

David Giles comments: “This is an exciting time to join Crown Fine Art. The company has ambitious plans and with its private ownership and global network it’s quite a special offer to clients. I’m also looking forward to drawing on my experience in fine art handling to enhance the service still further and help take the company to the next chapter in its growth.”

Wayne Sewsanker brings a wealth of fine handling expertise, having spent 18 years at prestigious auction house Bonhams where he most recently held the position of Transport and Warehouse Manager.

Wayne adds: “Crown Fine Art holds a unique position in the market. I’ll be joining a fantastic team and a business with a truly international culture and outlook. I’m very much looking forward to working alongside David and the team to help shape the business as it evolves in the coming years.”

David and Wayne will both be based in the company’s London offices and will report to General Manager David Preston.

David Preston, General Manager at Crown Fine Art, says: “David and Wayne have impressive track records in the industry and complementary skills sets and experience. They will have a highly experienced, dynamic team behind them and I’m confident they will be valuable assets as we continue to expand and differentiate our offer.”

Crown Fine Art is part of Crown Worldwide, one of the world’s largest privately owned logistics companies with offices in 265 locations in some 60 countries. The group celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015.

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