Yana Peel has been appointed CEO of London’s Serpentine Galleries, replacing the outgoing director of 25 years Julia Peyton-Jones.
“I am thrilled to be taking on the leadership of the Serpentine, an institution that I have admired and been involved with for so long,” Peel said in statement. “With Hans Ulrich as artistic director, I am fully committed to making the most exciting art and ideas of our time accessible to the broadest audiences,” she added.
After graduating from LSE and working at Goldman Sachs, Peel founded the Outset Contemporary Art Fund, an organisation that creates links between patrons and key people and institutions in the art world. The money raised goes towards helping galleries invest in emerging artists.
Peel is leaving her position as CEO Intelligence Squared to join the Serpentine’s artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist in running the Hyde Park galleries, with the aim of taking it into a “new exciting phase.”
The Serpentine has also announced two new trustees: the artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, who exhibited at the gallery last summer, and Mike Sherwood, the chairman Goldman Sachs.
The Serpentine Gallery is one of the best-loved art institutions in London, globally famous for its adventurous annual pavilions and glamorous summer parties, as well as its stellar exhibition program.
“The Serpentine has a well-earned reputation for embracing new and exciting ideas, and I am confident that Yana’s and Hans Ulrich’s bold new leadership will enable us to continue pushing new boundaries for contemporary artists and audiences,” the Serpentine chairman Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.
“Yana combines an extraordinary record of service to the arts with outstanding business experience. Hans Ulrich will provide not only artistic vision, but also continuity with the mission he and Julia Peyton-Jones so passionately worked to achieve,” Bloomberg added.