Anthony Di Pietro

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Anthony Di Pietro
Anthony Di Pietro - Melbourne Victory 2.jpg
Anthony Di Pietro addresses the audience at a Melbourne Victory Function
Born (1969-02-15) 15 February 1969 (age 49)
Frankston, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Residence Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Businessman
CEO and Board member of LaManna Premier Group (2003-)
Chairman of Melbourne Victory FC (2011-)
Known for Chairman of Melbourne Victory FC

Anthony Di Pietro is Chairman of Melbourne Victory FC, a professional association football (soccer) club that participates in the Hyundai A-League, and also the Group CEO and Board member of industry leading fruit & vegetable producers and marketers LaManna Premier Group.

Early life and education[edit]

Di Pietro was born in Frankston, Victoria, Australia and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at The University of Melbourne in 1990. In 2013, he delivered the Occasional Address to the graduating students in the University’s Business and Economics faculty.[1]

Agribusiness[edit]

Di Pietro is Group CEO of LaManna Premier Group.[2]

The company's farming and marketing enterprises[3][4] cover all major Australian markets. It has farming operations in Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia, and Goulburn Valley Victoria.

Di Pietro voiced his advocacy for an 'Australian-led Asian food boom' and was a key participant in the Victorian Government's 2013 Food Trade initiatives into Asia.[5]

Hospitality[edit]

Di Pietro was a Director of the Sovereign Hotel Group from 2007 to 2010,[6] whose flagship business was Federation Square’s Transport Hotel, Taxi Dining Room and Transit Cocktail Lounge.

Melbourne Victory FC[edit]

Di Pietro alongside Melbourne Victory CoachKevin Muscat at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in October 2013

Di Pietro was appointed to the Board of Melbourne Victory FC in 2006 during its formative years and became Chairman in January 2011. Di Pietro oversaw a number of key achievements, including 2017-18 Championship, making Melbourne Victory FC the most successful club in A-League history and the only club to have won three Premiership and four Championship titles, as well as winning the FFA Cup title in 2015.[7]

Di Pietro oversaw the visit of English Premier League heavyweight Liverpool F.C. to Melbourne in July 2013. The game attracted a record crowd for a football (soccer) match of 95,446 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. [8]

Di Pietro has been a strong voice on football hooliganism, saying fans “safety and enjoyment must be upheld at all times".[9]

In February 2017, Di Pietro spoke publicly regarding A-league expansion, governance and broadcast distribution.[10] Di Pietro highlighted that the time for change was 'now upon us and decisions made now will affect the future of football in Australia in the years to come'.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Di Pietro, Anthony (November 2013). "Be prepared for change". Insights: Melbourne Business and Economics. The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Business & Economics. 
  2. ^ "Premier Fruits Group ripe for expansion". The Australian. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Goodwin, Sandra. "Victorian tomato grower joins Premier Group". News Ltd. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Thistleton, Rebecca. "Tomato growers sign deal for all seasons". Fairfax. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Stensholt, John. "Di Pietro encourages food industry to think big". Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Wilmot, Ben. "Hotel Investors Pour In". Highbeam Research. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Victory's historic FFA Cup Final triumph". FFA Cup. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Hogan, Jesse. "Victory wave on sea of Red". The Age. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Lynch, Michael. "Melbourne Victory chairman blasts 'alleged' fans". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Windley, Matt (11 February 2017). "Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro says FFA should consult clubs on A-League expansion". Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Lynch, Michael (11 February 2017). "Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro blasts FFA bosses". www.smh.com.au. 
  12. ^ "South Melbourne extend olive branch to Victory". 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 

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