Peter Ivany AO

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Peter Ivany AO 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, technology, bonds and shares, 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 is a member of the Sydney Cricket Ground Heritage Trust and serves as Chairman of the NIDA Foundation Trust, the Sydney Swans Foundation, and The Advisory Council for the Sydney Film Festival. Peter is also a Board Member of the Sydney Swans Limited, NIDA, Allied Credit, Sydney Zoo, the Sydney Zoo Foundation and serves as Chair of the Loftus Peak Advisory Board. He is an Honorary Life Governor for the Jewish Communal Appeal and a Life Member of the Sydney Swans. Previously Peter was on the Board of the Sydney Cricket Ground, 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.

Peter was recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2021, having received an AO for distinguished service to the community as a supporter of sporting, arts, film, not-for-profit and natural science organisations.

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