Australia Post appoints Paul Graham as chief executive

Australia Post appoints Paul Graham as chief executive

Woolworths Group executive Paul Graham has been appointed as chief executive of Australia Post.

The taxpayer-owned company announced Mr Graham’s appointment on Monday morning, more than five months after former boss Christine Holgate resigned amid a political firestorm over her decision to reward four senior employees with Cartier watches totalling $20,000.

Woolworth Group executive Paul Graham has been announced as the next chief executive of Australia Post.Credit:

The circumstances surrounding Ms Holgate’s exit are bitterly contested by her and the postal service. The dispute will be laid before a Senate inquiry on Tuesday, with Ms Holgate and Australia Post chair Lucio Di Bartolomeo to detail their conflicting accounts.

Mr Graham, who served as the chief supply chain officer at Woolworths Group for the past five years, made no mention of the turbulence surrounding his predecessor as he welcomed his appointment. He will take the reins in September, with acting chief executive Rodney Boys to continue in the role until then.

“Australia Post has proven itself to be one of the most resilient and successful postal businesses anywhere in the world. I feel fortunate to be joining at a time when we can truly capitalise on the extraordinary growth in eCommerce experienced in the past year and continue developing our retail and digital offerings while keeping letter deliveries strong,” Mr Graham said.

“I am most looking forward to meeting the team across the country – the Posties, post office workers, mail processors and delivery drivers that kept our country operating during COVID-19. I am also looking forward to getting out into regional Australia where Australia Post has an enormous presence, as well as meeting with the thousands of Post Office licensee partners who play a critical role every day serving the country.”

Mr Di Bartolomeo said Mr Graham had been selected following a global search and praised his “logistics, digital and retail experience both here and overseas, including as a senior executive at Deutsche Post DHL”.

“The board was impressed by Paul’s 40 years’ of deep industry experience working in supply chain in Australia, Europe and Asia. We are also confident Paul’s community and customer philosophy is also a perfect fit for Australia Post,” Mr Di Bartolomeo said.

Austalia Post said Mr Graham’s salary had been set at $1,456,560, with the potential to earn incentive payments of up to $1,456,560 in accordance with the parameters set by the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal.

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