Charles Stewart

CEO, Sotheby's

Charles Stewart

Speaker Bio


Charles F. Stewart joined Sotheby’s as Chief Executive Officer in October 2019, following the acquisition by Mr. Patrick Drahi. Under Mr. Stewart’s leadership, the company is focused on delivering its mission to expand access and ownership of works of art and luxury objects by operating the world’s most trusted marketplace. Mr. Stewart's operational principles are to balance Sotheby's extraordinary 277-year heritage with embracing innovation and technology to power its future.

Prior to Sotheby’s, Mr. Stewart served as Co-President and Chief Financial Officer of Altice USA, which he helped establish as one of the leading technology, telecommunications and entertainment providers in the U.S. In 2017, he helped lead the Company's successful $2.1 billion initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, the largest telecom IPO in 15 years. Mr. Stewart also spearheaded the expansion of Altice USA's Advertising and News businesses which included the development of its national advertising platform, the acquisition of Cheddar, expansion of i24 News, and continued investment in hyperlocal news network News 12 Networks.

Mr. Stewart joined Altice USA after two decades of banking and finance experience spanning the U.S., Latin America and Europe. During his seven years based in London, he served as CEO of Itaú BBA International plc, the international arm of Itaú Unibanco, the largest bank in Latin America. In that role, he oversaw Itaú Unibanco's wholesale and private banking activities across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S. Prior to that, he spent 19 years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in various client and leadership roles, including as Deputy Head of Investment Banking for EMEA, Head of Latin America Investment Banking, and member of the global investment banking management committee.

Mr. Stewart is a graduate of Yale University and lives in New York City with his wife and three children. He serves on the boards of the Coalition for College and the Partnership for New York City.