Australian Ballet appoints new ceo

The Australian Ballet announced today the appointment of Libby Christie as the new chief executive of the Australian Ballet.

She will take up the position in late July, succeeding Valerie Wilder.
Christie was the managing director of Sydney Symphony from 2003 until 2009 and the executive director of arts funding at the Australia Council until January 2013 after which she was acting chief executive officer of the council.

She has a corporate background and from 1998 to 2000, was managing director, business and government marketing for Telstra.

Telstra, the principal sponsor of the Australian Ballet, has been a sponsor of the company for 29 years.

Her Linked In profile gives some details of her arts background:

“At university I studied ‘Arts’ which in my case meant literature in all its forms. My poetry tutor was David Malouf. How lucky was I!

“But I’ve also had a long love affair with music – I remember ‘Schools Concerts’ in the Sydney Town Hall and sleeping on the footpath to get the best opera tickets.

“I am more an enthusiastic consumer of music than a performer. I’m happy now to leave that to the professionals. I did learn the piano until I was about 16 and I sang in the school choir but gave up aspiring to any form of performance ‘greatness’ long ago!

“I have worked in arts administration for 10 years now. Before joining the Australia Council as Executive Director of Arts Funding, I was the Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony. I have loved every minute of these roles”.

Christie will be the fourth chief executive to work alongside the Australian Ballet’s artistic director David McAllister.

The first was Ian McRae, followed by Richard Evans then Valerie Wilder.

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