Mr Wishart, an experienced humanitarian, is well known as one of Australia’s most experienced and respected international development leaders.
Since 2001, as CEO of Plan International Australia, he has led a transformation from a $10 million operation to a $63 million organisation.
During his time at Plan International, Mr Wishart has cemented Plan International Australia as one of the country’s leading and most influential development organisations, and has significantly raised the profile of girls’ rights.
“I have been with Plan International Australia for almost two decades and have watched it evolve into the incredible organisation that improves the lives of millions of children worldwide,” Mr Wishart said.
“Over the years we built sophisticated development capabilities, strong humanitarian responsiveness and influential advocacy initiatives for children.
“While I am sad to leave Plan International Australia after 16 years, I am confident the amazing team who work hard for children and girls every day will continue that work well into the future.”
Chair of the Plan International Australia Board, Gerry Hueston, thanked Mr Wishart for his years of hard work and dedication to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
“An important legacy that Ian leaves is the strong and passionate team of executives, managers and staff that he has been proud to serve with. I know that together we will carry on the vision we share for children,” Mr Hueston said.
“We will shortly advise of the recruitment process for a new CEO, but in the meantime, we extend our warmest congratulations to Ian on his new role, as we celebrate his many achievements at Plan International.”
Mr Wishart will start in a new role as CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation in March 2018.