?MCA Appoints Four new Board Members

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Thursday 26 May 2011.

The Chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Simon Mordant, is delighted to announce the appointment of four new directors to the MCA Board. Mr Mordant announced that Ari Droga, Rosemary Laing, Katie Page and Scott Perkins have been appointed as MCA Board Directors.

‘Our new directors join the MCA Board at an incredibly exciting time in the Museum’s history. As announced last week, the Museum is moving into the final stages of its $53 million redevelopment and will reopen in March 2012 as a bold, new and expanded MCA,’ said Mr Mordant.

‘Each of the new MCA Board Members will bring vital skills and knowledge from various sectors, including finance, banking, retail, and the arts. But even more importantly, they have a common passion for art and a desire to help the MCA reach its full potential as we push ahead in this extraordinary next phase in the MCA’s expansion,’ said Mr Mordant.

Mr Mordant thanked retiring Directors Sue Cato, Mikala Dwyer and Catherine Harris AO PSM for their many years of strong contribution to the MCA Board, particularly during the decision to undertake the MCA’s major expansion.

MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor joined the Chairman in welcoming the MCA’s newest directors. ‘Rosemary is an ideal board member: one of Australia’s leading artists, she is highly respected here and internationally. Scott Perkins has been involved with the MCA through longstanding sponsor Deutsche Bank. Ari Droga was actively involved in the MCA in the early days and has been a supporter ever since. Katie Page will bring her marketing and business expertise as well as her commitment to the MCA’s programs in Western Sydney, ‘

‘I am very much looking forward to working with all of the Board as we enter this challenging but exciting next chapter in the Museum’s history,’ said Ms Macgregor.

Ari Droga will also chair the MCA Foundation, which will focus on fundraising for the MCA’s permanent collection, a prominent feature in the new Museum when it reopens in 2012.

The new MCA Directors join existing Board Members Professor Larissa Behrendt, Doug Dean, Geoff Dixon, Sarah Morgan, Lachlan Murdoch, Lisa Paulsen.

NEW DIRECTOR PROFILES:

Ari Droga is Head of Australasia for Global Infrastructure Partners, one of the world’s largest privately managed infrastructure investment funds. He is a former President of the MCA’s Young Patrons Council and a former deputy chairman and board member of the Biennale of Sydney. He is also on the board of the recently privatised Port of Brisbane.

Rosemary Laing is a Sydney-based artist. Over the past decades, she has presented work in respected museums worldwide. In 2005, a large exhibition of her work was mounted at the MCA, which also travelled to Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark in 2006. Rosemary’s work is in numerous public collections across the globe. She has participated in several international biennials, including the Biennale of Sydney (2008) and the Venice Biennale (2007).

Katie Page started with Harvey Norman in 1983 when the company comprised of just one store in Western Sydney. She is now Managing Director of Harvey Norman, which includes 193 Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne stores nationally and 61 stores in six countries overseas. Katie is a Director of Pertama, in Singapore. Katie also sits on the NRL board and was the first woman to sit on a sporting board in Australia.

Scott Perkins is Deutsche Bank’s Head of Corporate Finance for Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, client coverage, equity capital markets and loan products. Scott is a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee and the Australian and New Zealand Management Committees and he has over 20 years investment banking experience encompassing advice to major multinational Australian and New Zealand corporations regarding mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and capital raisings. Scott has a long standing commitment to the arts, both as collector and as a Patron and former Trustee of the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation.