15 July 2010 – In news just in group communications manager corporate affairs for Szencorp Mark Lister has let us know that Szencorp founder and managing director Peter Szental has passed away.

Mr Lister’s message read: “Many of you may have already heard, but yesterday we received the sad news that Peter lost his battle with cancer and passed away at home surrounded by his close family.

“His funeral will be held today in Melbourne.”

Mr Szental will be remembered by The Fifth Estate as a true champion for environmental improvements in the property industry. He was a fierce campaigner and lobbyist for his chosen cause of energy efficiency and not afraid to reveal the negative in the meticulous monitoring of performance of his prized building that headquartered his company at 40 Albert Road, South Melbourne.

Mr Szental will  also be remembered by our team as the man who with “no questions asked” provided the first foundation sponsorship for The Fifth Estate, directly enabling its creation not just financially but with his wonderful encouragement and faith.

Peter Szental will be deeply mourned.