Sebastian Hutch leaving Coolmore Australia for new role at Inglis
Jonathan D'Arcy given a change of title at the auction house too
Auction house Inglis has recruited Coolmore Australia's racing, sales and marketing manager Sebastian Hutch to the new role of general manager of bloodstock sales.
The appointment is the final part of a restructure of the senior management team at Inglis, which has been implemented since relocating to Riverside Stables.
As part of the changes, Jonathan D’Arcy has been appointed general manager of bloodstock operations and international development. Both positions will report to the managing director.
“We have taken the decision to up the ante at Inglis and increase our investment in senior bloodstock resources,’’ Inglis managing director Mark Webster said.
“We also recognise the need to have a general manager of bloodstock focused on sales, customer service, bloodstock strategy, vendor management, horse recruitment, digital services and domestic buyer recruitment.
"This is the basis of Sebastian’s new role, managing all bloodstock sales resources in New South Wales and Victoria. Our goal is to separate sales from operations and logistics, to ensure our sales team are free to focus on servicing our clients and growing the business.
“Jonathan will continue to play a significant role as a member of the Inglis leadership team and as the company’s senior auctioneer.
"His new role will focus on managing all operations and logistics involved in conducting major auctions, including management of our equine facilities around the country, managing and developing our auctioneering team, managing a select number of major vendor accounts, liaising with racing and breeding industry bodies and stakeholders while also taking responsibility for developing international markets including management of all Inglis international representatives.
"I expect Sebastian and Jonathan will work closely together to ensure vendors receive the best service possible and our buyers find the right horses for their budgets when they attend an Inglis sale.”
Hutch joins Inglis following a ten-year stint with Coolmore Australia, which he joined after graduating from the University of Dublin with a Bachelor of Business and Legal studies.
He is also a member of the Coolmore Australia Advisory Board.
“I'm very proud to be joining the team at Inglis,’’ Hutch said. “It's a company with a tremendous history and developments in recent years, including the new complex at Riverside and the online sales platform, which mean the foundations are in place for a prosperous future.
“I will forever be grateful to the Magnier family, in particular Tom and Sophie Magnier, for the opportunities that I have been afforded in my time at Coolmore.
“It was an incredible environment in which to grow, work and live with extraordinary levels of commitment and expertise in evidence every day. I leave with lifelong friends from my time there and I progress to Inglis with great ambitions for the future.’’
Webster described Hutch as a “young, talented and dynamic industry leader’’.
“We are thrilled to have secured the services of somebody of Sebastian’s standing that is joining us from a world class organisation,’’ Webster said.
“We are also excited about the increased investment we are making in our international market development program which is an ideal opportunity for Jonathan to take advantage of his significant industry and product knowledge to promote Inglis to the world.
"Vendors should take note that Inglis continues to invest in quality people and international marketing programs, Mr Zhang’s win of the Gimcrack Stakes with Easter filly Catch Me is a prime example of the fantastic results that come from such initiatives.”
The new appointments are effective from November 19.