Part of a family of lawyers, Karen Gray knew she wanted to combine her interest in law and her interest in business. As the first person at Christie’s to hold the dual roles of general counsel and chief administrative officer, she gets to focus on both. As CAO, she has dotted line responsibility for all the support functions in the Americas region, including finance, operations, communications and human resources. As GC, she oversees all legal affairs in the Americas for Christie’s art-related activities and coordinates the delivery of all other aspects of legal and risk management services.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Gray began her career at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and then went in-house to Reuters America before joining Christie’s in 2008.
What professional accomplishment has made you most proud? There are two things. One is the team we have at Christie’s. We have a really, really solid legal team that the business looks at as business partners. Second is the ability to take on the business role. It was a high compliment that the business asked me to come in as CAO. Other companies have this dual role, but it was new to Christie’s.