Australia Post appoints new members to its board

Holly Kramer
Paul Scurrah
Deidre Willmott

Kramer made deputy chair as Scurrah and Willmott take new part-time non-executive roles


Having named Christine Holgate as the new MD and Group CEO, Australia Post has announced three more appointments to its board.

Current non-executive board member Holly Kramer has been promoted to the role of deputy chair, while DP World Australia CEO Paul Scurrah and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia CEO Deidre Willmott have joined the Australia Post board as part-time non-executive directors.

All three appointments are for a term of three years.

Kramer, who is also a non-executive director of Woolworths Limited, has been serving as the acting deputy chair of Australia Post and been on the board of directors as a non-executive member since November 2015.

In a joint statement, federal finance minister Mathias Cormann and communications minister Mitch Fifield have welcomed the new appointees.

"These appointments fill the board, and ensure it has a broad range of skills and expertise to steer the organisation during a critical period," the statement notes.

"Her [Kramer’s] expertise in retail and technology, including as the former CEO of Best & Less, will support an ongoing customer focus.

"Mr Scurrah is the CEO of DP World Australia, a leading Australian container terminal stevedore company. He will bring to the board strong experience in large scale logistics and transport.

"Ms Willmott brings organisational transformation, government relations and business expertise to this position."

For the first time in its history, a majority (five out of a total nine) of Australia Post’s board will be represented by women – a fact acknowledged by outgoing MD Ahmed Fahour and the government.

"As an advocate for diversity I leave Australia Post proud that five of the most senior roles in the business are now filled by women," Fahour says.

"They include the new Managing Director and Group CEO Christine Holgate, acting Deputy Chair Holly Kramer, Chair of the Board Audit Committee Jan West, the acting Managing Director and Group Chief Customer Officer Christine Corbett and the Group Chief Financial Officer Janelle Hopkins."

Fahour has congratulated Holgate for her appointment to the new role in an official statement published yesterday.

He says Holgate’s experience and skills make her an "ideal fit" to lead the business into an expanding e-commerce market.

"We also share similar views about the importance of supporting your workforce and equipping your people to succeed," Fahour says.

"As we have transformed Australia Post into a pre-eminent eCommerce company, we have invested heavily in our people and the culture of our organisation.

"I know Christine will maintain that approach."

Fahour has also welcomed the news of current group chief customer officer Christine Corbett assuming the role of acting MD and Group CEO until Holgate joins the company in October.

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