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Nancy Valentino

Chief Operating Officer

Nancy Valentino is Chief Operating Officer of Julien’s Auctions, responsible for Global Operations, along with the design and execution of business strategy, plans and procedures. Based in New York and Los Angeles, she is part of the Global Leadership team that manages Julien’s Auctions worldwide.

Through April 2015, she was Senior Vice President, Communications & Brand Development for Time Inc., one of the largest branded media companies in the world. Valentino was responsible for all business, social, crisis, consumer, digital and internal communications, as well as production development for the Entertainment, Fashion, News, Sports and multi-cultural brands including PEOPLE, InStyle, TIME, Fortune, Sports Illustrated and Essence. During her tenure, the multi-media content brands and executives in her portfolio were recognized with numerous industry accolades including “Best Digital Engagement,” “Editor of the Year,” “Publisher of the Year,” and top positions on both the media “A-List” and “Hot List.” Nancy was named one of Folio’s 2015 “Top Women in Media” for Industry Leadership.

Valentino also led content development within the group whose many productions included PEOPLE and ABC’s “The Year In” in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, PEOPLE’s “Half Their Size” on ABC, “25 Years of Sexy: PEOPLE Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive” on ABC, “Heroes Among Us” on CBS, Entertainment Weekly’s “World of Pop Culture” on VH-1, InStyle’s Project Accessory, EW’s “The Writer’s Room” on The Sundance Channel, PEOPLE’s “Best in Film” and “Best in TV” Specials on ABC and “Project Accessory” on Lifetime.

She was the driving force and an executive producer of the December 2014 NBC special “The PEOPLE Magazine Awards,” a broadcast partnership with Dick Clark Productions celebrating the cultural forces of the year.

Nancy was responsible for creating the innovative program that positioned a standalone PEOPLE.com digital broadcast platform alongside traditional networks on award show red carpets including the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Grammys, the Oscars and the Emmys. She also managed the group’s media and marketing partnerships with The Screen Actors Guild, The Recording Academy, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Country Music Association. She also managed the group’s multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball that included the “Tribute for Heroes” Campaign. In 2003 she first joined Time Inc. as Vice President, Corporate Communications for the PEOPLE Group.

Prior to joining PEOPLE, Nancy was Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing/Business Development at Christie’s, the global fine arts auction house. In her 12 years at Christie’s, she held several positions, including SVP, Marketing for the Americas, where her reporting departments included public relations, special events, creative services, Christie’s Magazine U.S. editorial group, proposals/new business marketing and marketing finance. She also managed the Communications team (with outside counsel) through the Christie’s/Sotheby’s anti-trust investigation.

In early 2000, she was named Senior Vice President of Digital, and drove the launch team for christies.com, credited with many early innovations including custom video, LotFinder, artist documentaries and live bidding. Nancy joined Christie’s in 1991 and established Popular Arts, a new collecting area and division of the company. As Vice President and Department Head, she directed the auctions and international marketing programs for collecting categories including Sports, Film, Music, Television and Celebrity Memorabilia. Considered one of the foremost experts in these areas, Valentino has overseen the presentation at auction of thousands of costumes, uniforms, photographs, original posters, film scripts, props and important artifacts.

In 1999 she orchestrated the record-breaking sale of and authored The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe, and returned to Christie’s in 2011 as a special consultant for her former client and the blockbuster auction “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor.”

Nancy has structured sales and events for Barbra Streisand, DRESSES for Diana, Princess of Wales, Elton John’s Candle in the Wind Lyrics to benefit Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Eric Clapton’s Guitars to benefit Crossroads and Unforgettable: Fashion of the Oscars to benefit amFAR. Valentino has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, The View, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, ET and Access Hollywood among many others.

Prior to Christie’s, Valentino spent several years in the entertainment and finance industries. After attending New York University, she began her career with Goldman Sachs in Institutional Sales and was one of only ten women on the floor of the American Stock Exchange at that time. Nancy also worked in London and New York as Director of Client Management for IPC Communications. She continues to lend her auction and event expertise to many charity organizations including The Martell Foundation, The Motion Picture and Television Fund, The Actors Fund, SAG, The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, The Recording Academy and Safe Horizon. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.