Paul Graham has been appointed as group CEO and managing director of Australia Post, starting in September.
Australia Post chair Lucio Di Bartolomeo on Monday said the organisation undertook a “thorough global search” before appointing Graham, who is currently chief supply chain officer at Woolworths.
“On behalf of the board I am so pleased to announce Paul as the next CEO of Australia Post — an outstanding candidate with strong logistics, digital and retail experience both here and overseas, including as a senior executive at Deutsche Post DHL,” he said in a statement.
“Paul has a demonstrated track-record of delivering results in large, complex organisations and is a proven leader managing large teams. 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 a perfect fit for Australia Post.”
Graham will receive fixed annual total remuneration of $1,456,560, the AusPost board said. However, in line with the parameters set by the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal, he could earn an additional $1.46 million in bonuses.
The new CEO said he felt “fortunate” to join the organisation.
“Australia Post has proven itself to be one of the most resilient and successful postal businesses anywhere in the world,” he 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.”
Rodney Boys will continue to lead AusPost until Graham officially begins in September.
The appointment comes a day before the organisation appears before the senate inquiry into AusPost, which was prompted by revelations that the organisation had spent $19,950 on Cartier watches for four of its senior employees in 2018.
Last week chair Di Bartolomeo rejected former CEO Christine Holgate’s claims that he “unlawfully” stood her down and “abandoned” her last year, when the revelations emerged.