The Australian Ballet appoints new Executive Director

The Chair of The Australian Ballet, Chris Knoblanche, today announced Libby Christie is the company’s new Executive Director. Libby will commence the position in late July.



Knoblanche said Libby was a unanimous choice for the top job.



“We conducted an extensive search through Hourigan International and there were many outstanding candidates. Libby stood out with her combination of commercial and arts management experience, from leading Sydney Symphony to executive roles at the Australia Council.



“Her thorough understanding of the sector and passion for the arts will be a great asset to The Australian Ballet. The Board are looking forward to working with her on leading this fantastic organisation into the future,” said Knoblanche.



The Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, also welcomed the appointment.



“I’m delighted to be working with Libby on realising the company’s vision. She’s a well-respected leader who values collaboration and understands the unique challenges of leading a high-profile and complex arts organisation. I look forward to partnering with her as we enter our next exciting chapter,” said McAllister.



Libby was the Managing Director of Sydney Symphony from 2003 – 2009. She then joined the Australia Council as Executive Director of Arts Funding, a role she held until January 2013, when she became Acting CEO. Libby also has extensive experience in the commercial sector, holding senior management roles at Monster.com, Optus and Telstra.


Libby said the opportunity to shape the future of the nation’s flagship dance company was a great privilege.



“I’ve long admired The Australian Ballet for its artistic integrity, progressive approach and strong business achievements behind the curtain. They are one of the world’s busiest ballet companies and lead the way in best practice across many areas,” said Libby.



"I welcome the opportunity to work alongside David, the Board, talented dancers and resourceful administration staff who make up this wonderful organisation. I hope to encourage artistic risks, foster entrepreneurial thinking, promote digital and technological innovation and above all, deliver beautiful performances for a loyal and ever-growing ballet audience."



The company recently announced its 2012 annual report figures, delivering its fifth consolidated surplus of $5.8 million.

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