/ 13 April 2021

A new chief postie as fireworks set for today

Former boss Christine Holgate is set to appear at a parliamentary inquiry into her controversial departure today – which is why Australia Post’s announcement that it will appoint Woolworths Group executive Paul Graham as its new CEO drew a bit of attention yesterday. The timing’s as fishy as a ‘you weren’t home’ card being left at your front door when you were clearly inside, critics said yesterday… The circumstances surrounding Holgate’s exit are bitterly disputed. She says she was “unlawfully” stood down from her job in the wake of Cartier-watch-gate, but chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo has rejected her claims. The inquiry today will also hear from Bartolomeo, who yesterday said Australia Post undertook a “thorough global search” for Holgate’s replacement – believed to cost about $500,000. Graham will start in September, and the Irishman with big company logistics experience said he was proud to lead “such an iconic Australian brand”.

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