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Starting with a $3000 loan from his dad, and now with sales over $100 million per annum, you could be mistaken to think that Peter Alexander Sleepwear happened over night!

‘Please take it all away and go and get yourself a different job,’ was a comment from Peter’s first appointment with a department store buyer.  ‘You should never use fabrics like rayon in sleepwear.’ ‘Ladies like a ‘peter pan’ collar and not a man’s shirt collar’. The comments kept coming. Peter almost reconsidered his second appointment that day, an appointment that would see him supplying sell out ranges to a competing department store. 

Like any new business the pyjama business had many steep leanings and it was not long before the kitty was dry and Peter had to give the business serious consideration.  His mum stepped in, mortgaging the family home and becoming a part of the business. Peter now had new responsibilities and a reason to make it work. 

Not everything goes to plan; this was the case when Peter received the call to tell him that the production of 2000 units was going to be delayed. It wasn’t long before the pyjamas missed their delivery and the order was cancelled by the department store.  The news was devastating, especially now that the family home was on the line. No other business could take this quantity of stock! Peter remembered a Cleo promotion and the interest it generated for his business.  With everything to lose, Peter and his mum decided to run an expensive Ad in Cleo magazine.

With a nail bitting two months later and 2000 pyjamas packed into every corner of the house, the magazine was about to hit the news stands. The phone rang… and rang 4000 times again… and didn’t stop ringing! This was quite literally the start of the Peter Alexander catalogue business. Peter Alexander sleepwear became the top apparel catalogue business in Australia sending out close to one million catalogues a year.

In 1995 Peter launched his website PeterAlexander.com.au. It was a natural leap for a very successful catalogue business and the move instantly delivered results becoming one of Australia’s top 20 online retail businesses.

Before long Peter had gained the recognition for the best and only sleepwear brand amongst fashion industry with his on trend styling. It was at this point that Peter started sleeping with celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Salma Hayek, Toni Collette, Nicole Richie, Miranda Kerr, Brittney Spears and even Princess Mary is a huge fan.

Today Peter Alexander is known as an iconic Australian Fashion Brand, recognised and loved every night around the world.

Anh Do and his family fled to Australia as refugees in 1980. In his 2010 autobiography, The Happiest Refugee, Do tells of how his family survived five days in a leaky fishing boat nine and a half metres long and two metres wide. During the trip, his family and the rest of the passengers were attacked by two different bands of pirates. The first group stole one out of the two engines and the second group of pirates stole the second engine, which had been broken but repaired by Anh's father using a piece of rubber from a thong. It was reported that as the second band of pirates left, one of them threw a gallon of water onboard which kept all but one of the refugees alive until they were finally rescued by a German Merchant ship. The boat was packed with 40 Vietnamese refugees fleeing across the Indian Ocean. "We were crammed in like sardines," he said. The Happiest Refugee has won many awards, including the 2011 Australian Book of the Year, Biography of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, as well as the Indie Book of the Year Award 2011, Non-fiction Indie Book of the Year 2011, and it was shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Community Relations Commission Award.

After leaving university, McLachlan worked as a management consultant with Accenture. In 2000, he was employed as a strategy consultant to the AFL by CEO Wayne Jackson. In 2003, he was appointed as General Manager of Commercial Operations and in 2008 was appointed Chief Operating Officer. In December 2012, he was appointed Deputy CEO. Before taking on the CEO role at the AFL, McLachlan played a major role in delivering stadiums for two new teams - Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants, established the AFL media department and negotiated the media broadcast deal of $1.25 billion. In 2013, he supervised the AFL's investigation into the Melbourne Football Club tanking scandal and the negotiations with Essendon Football Club supplements controversy. On 30 April 2014, the AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick announced McLachlan would be appointed as AFL CEO replacing Andrew Demetriou. At the announcement of his appointment, McLachlan stated: I’ve been part of the community of football and I know how important it is. I played over 200 games of amateur or country football, I’ve captained a club, I’ve been on a committee of a club, I’m a life member of a club. I’ve had my share of cold showers and freezing committee meetings. I’ve been part of appointing coaches and sacking coaches. I have a clear vision of where the game needs to go and how we’re going to get there. For me, that vision is about having an unassailable hold on the Australian community.

In 2012, it was reported that he rejected the CEO positions at the National Rugby League and the Liverpool F.C.

Gerry is Chairman of the international entertainment group, Global Creatures, which develops cutting-edge theatrical productions touring the world. The company’s hugely successful, multi-award winning Walking with Dinosaurs -The Arena Spectacular has been followed by King Kong, and Strictly Ballroom. A strong supporter of Australia cycling over many years, Gerry is currently President of Cycling Australia. He is the driving force behind the formation of the Orica-GreenEDGE Cycling Team, which became the first Australian backed team to win a stage of the Tour de France in 2013.

Gerry is a director and part owner of NRL Club, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Heart Soccer Club.

 He also has an interest in the thoroughbred industry as a race horse owner and breeder and having won many group races including winning the 2010 Melbourne Cup.

 In recognition of his significant and extensive contribution to the nation’s manufacturing, leisure, sport and tourism industries, and to the wider Australian community, Gerry was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999.

Gerry is also the proud recipient of the following awards:

  • Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame
  • Victoria Day Award for Community and Public Service 2005
  • Australian Olympic Committee Order of Merit
  • Cycling Australia Life Member
  • Victorian Cycling Hall of Fame
  • St Kilda Football Club Life Member

Appointed Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a five-year term from July 5, 2006, extended from July 2011 for another five years. Under his leadership, the structure and operation of the ABC has been transformed and the ABC's services and reach have been dramatically expanded.
Mark Scott has also led a shift within the organisation from a process-based culture to one that emphasises the values of Respect, Integrity, Collegiality and Innovation.

The ABC has established a reputation as Australia's leading digital media innovator, providing content to audiences on the devices they want and in a format and at a time they prefer. With an annual budget of $1.1 billion, the ABC provides Australia's most comprehensive range of digital media services:
In Radio, four national radio networks, 60 local stations and a suite of digital channels; Four free-to-air television channels - ABC1, ABC2, the Children's Channel ABC3 and ABC News24 - plus the groundbreaking catch-up service, iView; An expanding online operation, including The Drum; Unrivalled news coverage - covering local, national and international beats; and an extensive international broadcasting arm.

Each week, almost three-quarters of Australians aged over 18 use these services. Before joining the ABC, Mr Scott served 12 years in a variety of editorial and executive positions with Fairfax Media, Editorial Director of the Fairfax newspaper and magazine division and Editor-in-Chief of Metropolitan, Regional and Community newspapers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education, and Master of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.