Tad Smith

President and CEO, Sotheby’s


Tad Smith is the President and CEO of Sotheby’s, which operates at the intersection of commerce and fine art, jewelry, wines, cars, and collectibles. He joined Sotheby’s in March 2015 and has overseen a period of renewal and revitalization while bolstering the company’s traditional strengths.  

Mr. Smith came to Sotheby’s after serving as the president and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, where he led the overall strategy and day-to-day operations of its iconic venues, high-profile sports teams, entertainment properties and the leading regional sports networks in the United States. Prior to joining The Madison Square Garden Company, Mr. Smith was President, Local Media at Cablevision Systems Corporation. 

Previously, Mr. Smith was the CEO of Reed Business Information, the U.S. business-to-business division for Reed Elsevier Group PLC. Before joining Reed Elsevier Group PLC, he was an internet executive at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, a corporate executive for music company BMG Entertainment, and an advisor at McKinsey & Company. 

Mr. Smith holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellow. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he received the R.W. Van de Velde Award. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University. 

Mr. Smith serves as a member of the board of directors for the Partnership for New York City, as well as a member of the board of advisors for the Hospital for Special Surgery and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 2018, Mr. Smith was appointed to the Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School.