Paul Graham named as new Australia Post Group CEO and MD

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The Australia Post board has announced that Paul Graham will be the next group CEO and managing director from September 2021, following a global search to find a leader for the next phase of the post’s transformation program.

Australia Post chairman, Lucio Di Bartolomeo, said, “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.

“Paul has a demonstrated track record of delivering results in large, complex organizations 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 joins Australia Post after a successful tenure as chief supply chain officer at Woolworths Group, and an extensive career working in e-commerce and supply chain as well as global experience in digital marketing and retail.

Graham commented, “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 capitalize on the extraordinary growth in e-commerce experienced in the past year and continue developing our retail and digital offerings while keeping letter deliveries strong.

“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.

“I have been so privileged to run Woolworths’ supply chain for the past five years and it has shown me how important it is to keep our customers at the center of everything we do – without our customers, we don’t have a business.”

The Australia Post board also confirmed that Rodney Boys will continue to lead the business through the CEO transition period until Graham takes up his new role in September.

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