Artlyst Team - UK
Paul Carter Robinson
Paul Carter Robinson FRSA, founding partner, Chairman and Editor in Chief. Paul is a senior arts and culture professional, who began collecting and dealing in contemporary art 20 years ago. He is a respected and dynamic figure on the London art scene and the author of the book 20th Century Pewter Art Nouveau To Modernism (ACC, 2012). He has been an active art journalist/reviewer and editor for the last 10 years. Paul is a Fellow of the RSA as well as member of NUJ (National Union of Journalists). See interview Careers talk: The Guardian
Hubert Velge CEO joined the Artlyst board in March 2014. He is a Belgian national, he attended the Catholic University of Leuven where he qualified as an electro-mechanical engineer. He also holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Bath. In 1986, Hubert pursued his interests in the City as an investment banker: first at Merrill Lynch, then at Dillon Read and finally at Baring Brothers as a corporate finance specialist. In 1995, he left Barings to set up a technology investment bank, Quartz Capital Partners, which he sold in 2000 to Knight Securities, the leading US market maker. Since then he has been involved in fundraising for hedge funds and in wealth management. In 2008, he set up an online art gallery specialised in 20th C British Art. Over the last three years, he has been working closely with the University of Bath to encourage entrepreneurship among the students through bi-annual investment competitions. Hubert is also a keen art collector.
Frank Piazza founding partner and CTO. Frank has built his career in software design and project management. He started in the banking industry where he spent 8 years with Industrial Bank of Japan (now part of Mizuho) where he supervised a Funds Management Support team and attained IMRO qualification. Then followed years of independent web design and development before he co-founded Auction Atrium, the London based art auction house. In 2008 he joined Paul Carter Robinson and built the Artlyst web platform.
Portia Pettersen joined Artlyst in 2012 as it's Marketing/Sales co-ordinator, after graduating Richmond University London. She has a developed expertise in social media and has also been successful in forming partnerships with leading international art fairs and gallery relations. With the launch of the Artlyst print room in 2013, she has been responsible for the sale and marketing of numerous limited edition prints. Portia was also involved with the set up and publishing of Artlyst Editions an in-house commissioning and publisher division of the company.
Paul Black is Deputy Editor, who previously worked for Flux Magazine, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, and NY Arts Magazine - spanning a fifteen year career covering national and international exhibitions – the writer has also published a long series of interviews in Sculpture Magazine with artists including Michael Joo, and Julian Opie, and co-authored Michael Joo's Monograph for 'Other Criteria' with fellow authors Huyunsun Tae, Bruce W. Ferguson, and Hans Ulrich-Obrist; and has recently completed a survey on American artist Richard Prince for his exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria.
Julian Costley joined the Artlyst board as a non-executive director in January 2012. He has held senior international positions in the media, telecoms, finance, and internet markets and now invests in early stage, fast growth companies where he joins their boards as chairman or non-executive director. Originally an engineering graduate from the University of Bath, he went on to become a Country Manager at Thompson Reuters, then created his own TV channel on BSB (later BSkyB) before becoming the founding CEO of France Telecom’s Globecast satellite company. In 1998 he met venture capitalist Hermann Hauser and together they created E*TRADE UK, the Internet stockbroking firm, which they subsequently sold in a trade sale at the height of the dotcom boom. Julian then became an angel investor, interim manager and NED/chairman of companies in the UK, Netherlands, Scandinavia, China & Canada. He is an occasional lecturer/MBA course judge at London Business School, Oxford University (Said), Deusto (Spain), EDHEC (France) and Skema Business School (France).
Jan Loeber joined the Artlyst board as a non-executive director in March 2014. He has a BS in Physics (Michigan Technological University) and a MS in Business Administration (George Washington University). He is a former telecoms exec and currently Founder and Chairman of Surgent Networks in the Boston area as well as IT Moves IT (Lux). He has served on various public company Boards including Telia in Sweden, Interxion in the Netherlands, Option in Belgium, WJ Communications in San Jose. He was founding CEO of GTS Carrier Services (the first and largest pan-European fiber optic network) HQ in Brussels (GTS IPO 1997 - $10B Market Cap); Managing Director (Investment Banking) of Global Telecommunications, Bankers Trust NY Corp in London then NY; worked for US West for six months in Munich in pursuit of a Mobile license. This, after serving as founding CEO, Unitel (later, TMobile UK) in London; President of Nokia, USA; co-CEO, Alcatel Telic in Paris (Alcatel had acquired ITT Telecoms/Europe); VP, ITT and Head of Product and Market Management European Telecoms in Brussels; and Executive Director Digital PABX Development, Bell Labs, AT&T; after having served in a variety of senior AT&T; Marketing and Strategy positions. His early professional experience began with IBM Corp and Banking IT (VP Security National Bank and VP Chemical Bank of New York).
Antony Carbonari joins Artlyst as a non-executive director. He is a senior commercial media executive with twenty years experience within a diverse range of companies. He is the former head of new media at the Financial Times, Director, Sales & Distribution, Disney Online and Director, Interactive & Commercial Media at BT. He possess extensive experience with digital formats across a wide range of media including the web, mobile, gaming and IPTV, print and television.