The Appointment of Mr Steven Skala AO as Chairman of the Board commencing January 2016.

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Monday 14 December 2015.

Mr Skala is a prominent banker, lawyer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2010, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to the arts, education, business and commerce. Mr Skala is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand of Deutsche Bank AG. He brings excellent leadership, legal, governance and financial skills to the position.

During a long career in supporting not-for-profit organisations, Mr Skala has displayed exemplary leadership and ongoing commitment to the visual and performing arts. He is the former Chairman of both the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Film Australia, was a Director of the Australian Ballet and retired recently as a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where he served for 10 years. He currently serves as a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Mr Skala said: “Heide is an iconic Australian cultural institution, rich in history and possibility. I am looking forward to working with the Board, management team and staff to help shape the next stage of Heide’s development.”

Heide’s current Chairman, Jennifer Darbyshire, will retire from the Heide Board at the end of 2015 after three full terms on the Board, having been a Director since 2006 and serving as Chairman for the past four years. The Heide Board expressed its deep appreciation of Ms Darbyshire’s extensive service and longstanding commitment to the Museum.