Edward Dolman, who worked at Christie's for 27 years before decamping to the Middle East to lead the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in 2011, has been appointed chairman and chief executive of New York and London auction house Phillips, according to the New York Times. He takes up his new post in July.

In Qatar, Dolman worked with the emir's sister, Sheikha al-Mayassa Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the chief executive of the QMA. He oversaw several institutions there, including the Museum of Islamic Art, the National Museum of Qatar and the Orientalist Museum.

Phillips has struggled recently, changing hands and names several times over the past 15 years. The auction house is currently owned by the Mercury Group, a Russian company. Dolman, who will be based in London and New York, will continue to be a member of the QMA's international advisory board, reports the Times.