Changes at the top for The Bridgeman Art Library

London - 31 July, 2007 - The Bridgeman Art Library, a leading international fine art image database library, has announced changes in structure to its top management level. Lady Bridgeman, founder of The Bridgeman Art Library, has promoted two directors and created a new role of President of Bridgeman International. Lady Bridgeman has also taken on the new role of Executive Chairperson.

Pandora Mather Lees has been promoted from deputy managing director to managing director, along with Victoria Bridgeman, former head of special projects. Edward Whitley, manager of Bridgeman's New York office, has been elevated to President of Bridgeman Art Library International. All three have also been made Company directors.

The new appointments mark a shift in company structure which sees Harriet Bridgeman taking more of a supervisory role, with the three new directors jointly taking on the running of the company and reporting to her.

Of the changes, Harriet Bridgeman said: "Having suddenly realised that I may not be immortal, I've started to plan for my eventual succession. I aim to ensure the continuation of The Bridgeman Art Library as an independent, family-owned company with an international reputation in a specialist field and a culture of genuinely caring for all its employees. For this reason I want to give Victoria Bridgeman greater experience and exposure to the challenges of management and also to reward Pandora and Edward for their long-term commitment to the company."

The changes will see Pandora Mather Lees taking responsibility for all the sales activities and special projects, while Victoria Bridgeman will oversee all the support services - accounts, IT, administration and collections. Edward Whitley will continue to run the American operations and co-ordinate the sales and marketing issues that affect the entire company with Pandora Mather Lees.

"I feel that these changes will benefit everyone working in the company by clarifying individual roles and responsibilities," Harriet Bridgeman said. "For my part, it will give me a chance to devote more time to certain aspects of the company that I'd like to develop. In particular, I intend to focus on the outward-looking aspects of the company's relations with trade, museums and government, as well as keep in line with the changing technology of the industry and the knock-on effects this brings to all of us."

About The Bridgeman Art Library (BAL)

Established for 35 years and with four international offices, Bridgeman Art Library is the world's leading source of fine art, history and culture with some 260,000 images available on-line, plus 750,000 historical photographs, from 8000 locations. It represents museums, galleries and artists throughout the world by providing a central source of fine art for image users.

BAL also develops educational resource packages, publishes art catalogues, offers copyright advice, licenses reproduction rights and provides sales services. The organisation has a long history of feeding monies back into museums, of figures up to £1.5 million per year.

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Louise Sambells
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"All change: (l-r) Pandora Mather Lees, Harriet Bridgeman and Victoria Bridgeman of The Bridgeman Art Library

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