The Australian Ballet has tasked Hourigan International with finding its next executive director. The preferred candidate is likely to come from the advertising or marketing sector as the board seeks a creative thinker.
“We're looking for someone who can balance creativity with a strong business sensibility to drive the Australian Ballet into its next phase of growth,” said board chair Chris Knoblanche. The Ballet would not limit its search to arts administrators he added.
Hourigan CEO Anthony Hourigan said the firm “looked forward to speaking to outstanding candidates from marketing advertising, arts and commercial backgrounds.”
He said the role would be an ideal challenge for someone looking to lead the iconic arts organisation into its next phase of growth.
The new director will take over from Valerie Wilder who completes her five year contract in June. Wilder recently oversaw the company's 50th anniversary celebrations where 2.5 million Australians engaged with the Ballet through performances, online and broadcast.
The company wants to continue to build its marketing capabilities, particularly as the digital landscape evolves apace, hence the search for consumer-focused leader than a finance-led boss.
The new director will be responsible for one of the busiest ballet companies in the world. As well as regular international tours, the company delivers over 800 performances and events across the country every year.