World news – AusPost appoints Holgate’s successor as CEO

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The Australia Post has appointed Paul Graham, the chief executive of Woolworths, as the new chief executive officer – the day before former boss Christine Holgate appears in a Senate investigation into her controversial departure.

Mr. Graham’s appointment comes after Ms. Holgate received assistance from licensed postal owners who are similar to franchises. the Postal Workers Union; former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; and John Hewson, who led the Liberal Party when it lost the 1993 election to Paul Keating.

Mr. Graham will receive total fixed compensation of $ 1.46 million with the potential to double that bonus amount according to parameters set by the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal. This compares to Ms. Holgate’s total pay last year of $ 1.61 million, which included $ 38,273 for long term vacation and $ 138,565 for « other long term benefits ».

A Senate committee is considering Ms. Holgate’s allegations that Australia Post chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo bullied, humiliated and unlawfully deposed her after Scott Morrison criticized nearly $ 20,000 total worth of Cartier watches on four executives who had secured a $ 66 million annual banking deal.

Mr. Bartolomeo has denied these claims, stating that Australia Post conducted a « thorough global search » before engaging Mr. Graham with « leading the company through the next phase of its transformation program ».

The search, which recruiting firm Egon Zehnder carried out on behalf of Australia Post, cost an estimated $ 500,000, according to recruiting insiders.

« I am delighted to announce Paul, on behalf of the Board of Directors, as the next CEO of Australia Post – an outstanding candidate with strong experience in logistics, digital and retail both here and overseas, including as a senior executive at Deutsche Post DHL, « said Di. Said Bartolomeo.

« Paul has a proven track record of delivering results in large, complex organizations and is a proven leader managing large teams.

« The board was impressed with Paul’s 40 years of industry experience in the supply chain in Australia, Europe and Asia. We are also confident that Paul’s community and customer philosophy is a perfect fit for Australia Post. »

Mr Graham – whose last role was Woolworth’s Chief Supply Chain Officer – said he was proud to be named Chief Executive of « such a legendary Australian brand ». It will start in September.

« Australia Post has proven to be one of the most resilient and successful postal companies in the world, » said Graham. « I am fortunate to be joining at a time when we can really take advantage of the extraordinary growth in e-commerce over the past year and evolve our retail and digital offerings while we keep mail delivery strong.

« I’m really looking forward to meeting the team across the country – the postmen, postal workers, mail handlers and deliverers who have kept our country running through COVID-19. I also look forward to getting to regional Australia where. » Australia Post has a massive presence and meets with thousands of postal licensees who play an important role in serving the country every day.

« I’ve had the privilege of running the Woolworths supply chain for the past five years and it has shown me the importance of keeping our customers at the center of everything we do – without our customers we don’t have a business. »

Brad Banducci, CEO of Woolworths, said Graham « played a key leadership role in building Australia’s next generation supply chain. »

« Most importantly, Paul has helped transform our supply chain culture into one that puts customers and team first in everything we do, » said Banducci.

« His endorsement has been instrumental in enhancing mental health support for our team and for the entire supply chain industry in his role as chairman of the Healthy Minds in Sheds and Trucks Foundation. Paul was also a vocal advocate of diversity and inclusion in his role as an ally of the Woolworths PROUD initiative.

« We look forward to working with Paul in his new role on the many touchpoints our group has with Australia Post. »

Mr. Graham was appointed through Australia Post’s internal candidates including Chief Financial Officer Rodney Boys, the Executive General Manager’s community and client Nicole Sheffield, and General Manager and General Manager Gary Starr.

Several outside candidates were also in the mix but withdrew from the process, including former Virgin General Manager Paul Scurrah and Linfox Armaguard General Manager and former Australia Post International Head Annette Carey. Former SBS managing director Michael Ebeid was also in the running.

Australia Post confirmed that Mr. Boys will continue to run the business during the CEO transition period until Mr. Graham starts in September.

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