ATG Media and Announces Leadership Transition Plan with John-Paul Savant Succeeding Anne Somers as CEO

Seattle, WA, March 26, 2016 --( ATG Media and announced a leadership transition plan in which John-Paul Savant will succeed Anne Somers as Chief Executive Officer of ATG Media.

Following a distinguished career of over 35 years, Mrs. Somers will assume the role of Deputy Chairman of the Board on March 1, 2016 and step down from her role as CEO in advance of taking up her new role. Mrs. Somers will work closely with Mr. Savant to ensure a smooth transition, while driving the company's ongoing development plans. John-Paul Savant has significant relevant leadership experience, having recently served as the CEO of Elevate International. Previously, he served as Vice President, Product and Experience at PayPal and as Vice President, Finance & Planning at ShipIQ, an online marketplace, where he led significant and successful business transformation efforts. Colin Tenwick, ATG Media’s Chairman of the Board, said, "Anne has been critical to building ATG Media’s business and guiding its transformation from a publishing company to a fully tech-enabled business, and thanks to her leadership, ATG is well positioned for continued success.

“On behalf of the Board and management team, we are grateful for Anne’s numerous contributions and accomplishments over her career and look forward to continuing to work with her as we implement this succession plan. In addition to her Deputy Chair role she will stay on as Executive Consultant to the business for a further year to assist in a smooth transition.”

"It has been a privilege throughout my professional career to work alongside the dedicated and talented colleagues and staff at ATG Media, and to serve our clients worldwide," said Mrs. Somers. "We have developed products and services that will serve as a foundation for continued value creation and success, and I believe now is the logical time for me to begin the process of handing the reins over to ATG Media’s next CEO. I am committed to supporting a seamless transition and have great confidence in ATG Media’s ability to continue to thrive under John-Paul’s leadership." Mrs. Somers continued.

"The selection of John-Paul to succeed Anne reflects the Board's deliberate and focused succession plan. We are fortunate to have found someone of John-Paul’s caliber and are confident he is the right leader to help enhance value and drive the Company forward into its next phase of success," Mr. Tenwick added.

"I am honored to be selected to succeed Anne as ATG Media’s next CEO," said Mr. Savant. "Under Anne’s leadership, ATG Media has established a track record of strong product development and execution and I hope to build on her legacy as I step into my new role. Working closely with Anne and the rest of the management team to ensure a smooth leadership transition, my focus will be on continuing Anne's goal of helping our clients to succeed in their respective businesses by partnering with them and delivering the best product and services possible."


Wholly-owned by ATG Media, the global pioneer in live and timed auctions, is the leading portal for live and timed Industrial, Construction and Agriculture auctions. In 2014 hosted more than 3,000 live and timed auctions, offering $7 billion USD worth of lots for sale to 1 million unique visitors. With 20+ years of industry expertise, round-the-clock customer support, and a cutting-edge online bidding platform, is dedicated to providing customers with top-tier service and the best online bidding experience. BidSpotter continues to deliver exponential yearly growth while at the same time helping industry leading auctioneers grow their business.

About ATG Media

About ATG Media: ATG Media is the global pioneer in live and timed auctions. The company’s portals allow bidders from around the world to browse fully illustrated sale catalogs and place bids over the internet in real time with live audio and video feeds delivering the auction room atmosphere. Bidders are also able to participate in timed, online only auctions.

The sites have exceptional brand recognition - 80% of visitors to ATG's websites visit because they know the brand or they find the brand via organic search. In the past 12 months the sites have sold 1.3 million lots totalling in excess of $401 million USD online.

A team of 50 highly trained specialists in London and Seattle provide world class 24/7 customer support.

ATG Media’s portals and services are:
Europe's leading website for fine art and antiques auctions providing a complete range of online services for buyers and sellers. and are the world leaders in industrial online auctions.
The website for construction and farm equipment, retail returns and commercial auctions.

White label products
ATG’s award winning technology powers (Germany's foremost fine art and antiques auction portal) and Spink Live (the world's oldest auctioneer and antique dealer).

Global Auction Platform (GAP)
The Global Auction Platform is a complete cloud-based auction management platform, accessible from any device and any platform. GAP is used by thousands of auctioneers worldwide to run both live and timed auctions.
Emily Arnold