Peter Ivany AM has matched his achievements in business with passionate involvement in the not-for-profit sector. The individual behind the success of Hoyts Cinemas, Peter was CEO at the time when the company grew from a small chain in Australia to a global business with over 2,000 theatres operating in 12 countries.
After the sale of Hoyts in 1999, Peter built his own diversified investment business, Ivany Investment Group. IIG has a range of diversified investments including property, private equity, bonds, distressed debt, start-ups, and company turnarounds, both in Australia and overseas. Current investments include IMAX, Sydney Zoo and Allied Credit. Past successes include Video Ezy, Harris Scarfe, and TAHL – Australia’s largest hotel owner, managed by Accor.
Peter balances his work life by supporting a wide range of philanthropic endeavours. He serves as Chairman of the NIDA Foundation Trust, the Sydney Swans Foundation, The Advisory Council for the Sydney Film Festival. Peter is also Board Member of NIDA and an Honorary Life Governor for the Jewish Communal Appeal. Previously Peter was Chairman of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and Chairman of the Jewish International Film Foundation of Australia, and he has contributed to the Boards of the MCA, the President’s Council of the Art Gallery NSW, and was a founding member of Events NSW, which is now Destination NSW. Peter is also an Adjunct Professor for the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology Sydney.
In 2007, Peter was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for service to the community through a range of fundraising, Jewish, arts, sporting organizations and business education.