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Top ABC Exec To Lead Museums Victoria

The head of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s international arm, Lynley Marshall, has been announced as the new CEO of Museums Victoria – the organisation that runs Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks and the Royal Exhibition Building.

An outstanding strategic leader, Ms Marshall has served in a number of senior roles at the ABC over the past 15 years, most recently as Chief Executive Officer, ABC International where she built strong partnerships across Asia.

Prior to this she was Director of ABC Commercial, responsible for all commercial and retail operations, and Director of New Media and Digital Services, leading the organisation through a digital transformation.

Museums Victoria attracts 2.1 million visitors to its venues each year, and engages close to 300,000 students in its education programs.

It is recognised internationally for its research and exhibitions, and cares for a diverse collection comprising 17 million items.

Ms Marshall commences at Museums Victoria in February 2017, succeeding Dr Patrick Greene who is retiring after 15 years as CEO. She will be the first woman to serve in the role in the organisation’s 162 year history.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“Museums Victoria plays a central role in the cultural life of our state, it has a long and illustrious history and an extraordinary recent track record under the leadership of Patrick Greene.”

“With an impressive career that spans international engagement, digital transformation and commercial operations Lynley has what it takes to lead the next stage of Museums Victoria’s evolution.”

Quotes attributable to President of the Museums Board of Victoria Dr Rufus Black

‘‘Lynley is well positioned to drive a new era for Museums Victoria as we work to make sense of our world and where we are heading and to bring alive for the nation the centrality of science to all our lives and to our future.”

Quotes attributable to incoming Museums Victoria CEO Lynley Marshall

“I am honoured to be offered this opportunity to lead Museums Victoria and to join such a highly skilled and respected team.”                                                                                                                                                                   

“The digital media world and exhibition spaces are becoming increasingly converged and I welcome the opportunity to bring my experiences in connecting audiences to Australian history, culture and science to this new role.”