As Chairman, Kathleen M. Doyle leads the growth strategy for Doyle. Her in-depth knowledge of the art and auction market, combined with her commitment to providing buyers and consignors with personalized service, has enabled the gallery to significantly expand the worldwide client base and has increased the range of offerings at auction.
Recognizing the opportunity in the global art market, Mrs. Doyle negotiated international strategic alliances in London and Paris. To accommodate consignors and collectors outside of New York City, she established a network of regional representatives throughout the Atlantic seaboard and in key markets in the West. Mrs. Doyle spearheaded the development of online client services with a state of the art Internet site, adding Internet bidding capabilities first with Amazon.com, and eBay, and currently with Invaluable and on Doyle.com.
Mrs. Doyle initiated an extensive education program at Doyle for collectors including lectures and seminars featuring specialists in art, design, fashion, jewelry, etc. Doyle was the first auction gallery to provide appraisers to the Antiques Roadshow and has supported WGBH as an underwriter of the program since 1996.
Mrs. Doyle also developed programs to provide free appraisal and auction services for museums and not-for-profit organizations, schools, universities, hospitals and medical schools and community services.
Mrs. Doyle first joined her husband, William J. Doyle, founder of William Doyle Galleries, in 1968, as Director of Jewelry Exhibitions. She later left to pursue graduate studies.
Mrs. Doyle served as Parent Education Specialist at the New York Medical College’s Early Childhood Development Center, and, following that, she founded the Parent Education Program in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Vincent’s Hospital. For eight years she directed the early intervention program to provide an interdisciplinary team approach to pre and post-natal parent education, family support and advocacy. She rejoined Doyle New York in 1992, and, after her husband’s death in 1993, she assumed responsibilities as Chairman/CEO.
Mrs. Doyle was born in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and has a Master of Science degree in Parent and Infant Development from Bank Street College in New York. She holds certificates from the New York School of Interior Design and The Gemological Institute of America. For many years she served on the boards of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY, the Edwin L. and Francis Cummings Foundation, the Hannah and Ryan Barry Foundation, and the 564 Park Avenue Foundation. Mrs. Doyle is a member of ArtTable and a contributing author of Wealthy and Wise (John Wiley, 2003). She is one of the founding members of the East 86th Street Network, a community association of schools, businesses, environmental organizations and elected officials on the Upper East side of Manhattan. She serves on the Board of the Citizens Committee for Children.
She is a frequent lecturer on the Art and Auction Market and regularly attends Trust and Estate law conferences around the United States. She is married to Richard Ravitch, the recent Lieutenant Governor of New York.