Former Christie’s CEO Edward Dolman, who left the firm to join the Qatari Museums Authority (and provide advice on the Al-Thani family’s unsuccessful bid to purchase the auction house from Francois Pinault,) is stepping down from his job as Chief Executive of QMA to return to living in the West:
As the authority’s chief executive, he worked alongside Sheikha al-Mayassa Hamad bint Khalifa al-Thani, the organization’s chairwoman and the sister to the new emir, helping devise a 10-year plan to open a network of museums in Doha. In addition to the six-year-old Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei, several other new museums are in the works, including the National Museum of Qatar, designed by Jean Nouvel, and the Orientalist Museum, designed by the Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron.
Mr. Dolman has also been involved in acquiring and preserving the collections of the state as well as helping to start educational programs. He has overseen a public art program and a schedule of exhibitions like a major retrospective devoted to the British artist Damien Hirst last year and a giant show of the sculptor Richard Serra that opened last week.
Qatar Museums Authority Leader to Leave Post (NYTimes.com)