Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO dismissed

Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Board has made the decision to terminate Peter O’Sullivan’s tenure as CEO and will immediately start a merit-based search for GPC’s new leader.
In a statement regarding the CEO, the GPC revealed that Peter O’Sullivan was suspended on 13 December last year, on full pay, and has had no involvement with the day to day operations of the port since that time. The substantiated complaint related to Mr O’Sullivan’s role in a staff disciplinary matter.
Craig Walker continues to serve as the Acting Chief Executive Officer.
The GPC stated that as an active and significant contributor to the QLD and Gladstone community and economy, the focus of its employees remain on the running of a safe and busy port to ensure we deliver sustainable economic growth and social prosperity for our region.​

New CEO for DHL Express Europe

DHL Express has appointed Alberto Nobis as its new CEO for Europe, paving the way for his return to the Global Management Board of DHL Express.
ALberto was the Global CFO for DHL Express from 2009 to 2012 before relocating to his home country of Italy in 2013. As CEO DHL Express Italy, Alberto Nobis helped to drive the division’s growth in the Italian market. Effective January 1, 2019, he has taken over responsibility for Express Europe from John Pearson, who became the Global CEO of DHL Express.
“For DHL Express, quality and growth are the pillars of our past and future success. Since his move to Italy as Managing Director, Alberto has proven that he is capable focusing on both. His efforts to push the Express Italy business on all fronts have contributed to Italy becoming one of our largest market and one in which we expect continuing high performance. We are looking forward to seeing Alberto use his in-depth expertise to take DHL Express to the next level of its growth Europe-wide in 2019 and beyond,” John Pearson, Global CEO DHL Express said.
Alberto has over 10 years of experience at DHL Express, including several management positions as CFO and CEO for the time-definite shipping provider of the Deutsche Post DHL Group. In his new role, he is responsible for almost 50 countries in Europe with focus on the Region’s performance across the four dimensions that define the strategy: people at the core are motivated to provide great service quality, with a direct positive impact on customers’ loyalty and, finally, on DHL’s network profitability.
“It is both a great honor and an exciting challenge to be appointed CEO for DHLExpress Europe. In this position, I can count on the decade of experience I’ve gained at DHL Express and on the support of our people and network to increase our performance for customers throughout Europe. I am greatly looking forward to working with John to achieve the next level of growth for DHL Express,” Alberto Nobis, CEO Europe at DHL Express said.
 

ASCO appoints new Australasia CEO

ASCO, provider of logistics, materials and warehouse management services, has appointed Michael Fulham as CEO of Australasia.
Recent changes to the Australian senior management team saw Fulham replace Matt Thomas, who has moved into a Global Client Director role within ASCO Group and is now based at its Corporate HQ in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Fulham, who will be based in Perth, WA, brings commercial supply chain management experience in both construction and oil and gas logistics.
He will play a role in the future growth and development of ASCO’s Australian business, working closely with the current management team to continue the growth of the region.
“Some of the largest operators in the industry have major interests in the Australasian region,” said Fulham. “As demand for ASCO’s services continues to grow, it is important that we continue to safely deliver the quality service for which we are known, providing operators with solutions that are project specific.”
Matt Thomas, Global Client Director, ASCO, added, “Australasia is a key strategic region for ASCO and we see significant opportunities to continue to grow our business. We are perfectly placed to provide operators with solutions that are both cost effective and operationally efficient. Michael’s experience will be key as we continue to develop and grow in this important market.”
ASCO will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017.

New AusPost chief comments on the challenge ahead

Christine Holgate, announced last week as the new Managing Director and Group CEO of Australia Post, succeeding Ahmed Fahour, has spoken to the Seven Network’s Sunrise team about the task ahead for the postal service.
Asked about the biggest trial she anticipates Australia Post will face, Holgate noted that utilisation of the company’s workforce as letter sending declines will be difficult going forward.
“Clearly, one of the biggest challenges is you’ve got this army of these fantastic trusted people going out to our homes every day, but the letters they’re delivering are declining,” she said, adding that she is keen to keep the nation’s post workers relevant in the community and in their jobs.
When questioned about her salary expectations when entering the position, after the disclosure of her predecessor Fahour’s excessive pay packet resulted in his departure from the company, Holgate noted that remuneration wasn’t a consideration.
“I know this might sound peculiar to people, but I never asked what the salary was,” she said. “It wasn’t actually a factor in me deciding to do the job, I always said to John [Stanhope, Chairman (non-executive) of Australia Post’s board of directors], ‘you’ll pay me what you think is fair’, and to me, taking the job had nothing to do with pay.”
See the interview below.

Ahmed Fahour welcomes incoming AusPost MD and CEO

Current Managing Director and Group CEO of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour, has welcomed his successor, Christine Holgate in a press release.
Fahour congratulates Holgate on her appointment to the position, noting that her
skillset and international experience make her an ideal fit given Australia Post’s shift to eCommerce and its “ongoing commitment to serving the community.”
He adds that he and Holgate share similar views about the importance of supporting workforces and equipping people to succeed. “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,” he said. “I know Christine will maintain that approach.”
Fahour adds that he is pleased that Group Chief Customer Officer Christine Corbett will act as MD and Group CEO until Christine Holgate arrives at Australia Post in mid-to-late October, ensuring continuity and momentum are maintained,
“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,” he said. “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.”

AusPost names new MD and Group CEO

The Board of Australia Post has announced that Christine Holgate will be the corporation’s next Managing Director and Group CEO, succeeding Ahmed Fahour who will step down next month.
Holgate will officially start in the position mid-to-late October 2017. She joins Australia Post after a successful nine-year tenure as CEO of Blackmores and previous executive roles with Telstra, JP Morgan and Cable & Wireless.
Chairman John Stanhope said Australia Post undertook a thorough global search before choosing Holgate to lead the business.
“Over the past seven years, we have transformed Australia Post into Australia’s leading Parcels and eCommerce company and introduced critical reforms to the letters service. With Post now entering a new stage in our transformation, it’s the perfect time for Christine to take the helm,” said Stanhope.
“Christine has a demonstrated track-record of delivering results in large, complex organisations, both here in Australia and internationally.
“The Board was impressed by her experience of working very successfully in a range of different industries that are highly regulated. And, on top of that, she has a proven ability to implement strategy – and successfully grow a business in Asia.
“Her knowledge of global eCommerce will be invaluable as we pursue our ‘Asian strategy’, which is all about offering logistics support to Australian businesses that are either selling in Asia, or sourcing their products there.
“Christine’s business philosophy is also a perfect fit for Australia Post. She is a firm believer that businesses must perform commercially, but also serve the community. And that’s entirely consistent with our objectives as a community-based business that has both commercial objectives and community service standards to uphold.”
Holgate said she felt privileged to be appointed as CEO of such an iconic Australian corporation and she looked forward to building on the achievements of her predecessors.
“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 really strengthen Post’s leading position in the eCommerce market – both here, in Australia, and in Asia,” she said.
“I’m a passionate advocate for Australian business seizing the opportunity that’s on our doorstep in Asia and that creates opportunities for everyone – our workforce, our shareholder, the community, as well as businesses across Australia.
“I’m really looking forward to joining the team. And I’m especially looking forward to getting out and meeting the posties, the drivers, post office staff, licensees and other partners who deliver services in communities across Australia, every day.”
Holgate’s remuneration has been set at $1.375 million fixed annual total remuneration, with the possibility to earn incentive payments of up to $1.375 million, in accordance with the parameters set by the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal.
The Australia Post Board also announced that its Group Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett, will lead the business through the CEO transition period – between Fahour’s departure on 28 July and Holgate’s arrival in October.
Corbett joined Australia Post in 1990 and has held key leadership roles across retail, mail network, major change, strategy, marketing and communications.

New CEO for Ports Australia

Ports Australia announced the appointment of the Hon. Michael Gallacher as the Chief Executive Officer of Ports Australia on 7 April.
This selection process was rigorous and drew applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds across the nation, Ports Australia said in a statement.
“Gallacher’s long standing interest and understanding of ports and shipping related issues, together with his widely acknowledged advocacy and policy development skills were instrumental in his successful application,” the statement continued.
“His relationship with our industry developed with his appointment as Shadow Minister for Ports following the 2003 NSW State election and from that time he has been the strongest advocate for the future growth and advancement of our industry.
“Through his career, Michael has progressed into other areas of political responsibility, such as Industrial Relations, Police and Emergency Services and yet he has always maintained an interest and a preparedness to understand the challenges and opportunities affecting ports across the nation.
Vincent Tremaine, Chairman, Ports Australia said “There is no doubt that Michael will build on the outstanding leadership and direction set by our former CEO, David Anderson, to drive the public profile of Ports Australia and to strongly advocate on the issues affecting the efficiency and development of our nation’s shipping gateways.
“Ports Australia would also like to sincerely thank David Anderson for remaining in his position in a part-time capacity during this transition period. We appreciate his ten years of exemplary service as Ports Australia’s CEO and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours”.
Gallacher will commence his role at Ports Australia on 18 April.

Secon Freight Logistics appoints new CEO

Victorian freight company Secon Freight Logistics has announced the appointment of Steve Nailer as its new Chief Executive Officer as part of a corporate restructure.
Nailer previously served as Secon’s General Manager and has been promoted as part of a restructure following ongoing substantial growth at the company. The restructure supports plans for Secon Freight Logistics and the wider Secon group to undertake a further aggressive expansion over the next three years.
Former CEO Brendon Considine has assumed the role of Managing Director, overseeing governance of the wider group and ensuring sustainability while the company executes its new strategy.
“I’m honoured to assume the role of CEO at such an exciting time for Secon,” said Nailer. “We have a long and proud history but our focus is always on the future, and we have big plans over the next few years to grow Secon’s reputation in the industry as the company you can rely on for service, experience and trust.”
Secon’s new initiatives can already be seen with it’s recently completed rebranding that will roll out across all the business touch points in 2017, including the Secon fleet, properties and online presence.
Secon Freight Logistics was founded by Maurie Considine in 1969 and has become an industry leader providing container cartage, warehousing and distribution solutions.

AusPost boss Australia’s highest paid civil servant, earns $5.6 million

Heads rolled this week when it was revealed that Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post, earns ten times more than the Prime Minister.
After attempting to block a request to disclose the salaries of its senior management team, claiming it would result in ‘unwarranted media attention’ and ‘brand damage’, Australia Post was directed to release the information. In past years, all such salaries were public knowledge, until in 2014/15 it was decided that the total sum be provided rather than individual pay.
Senator James Paterson, Chairman of the parliamentary committee tasked with reviewing the salaries of the Government-owned entity’s executives, revealed that Fahour received a $4.4 million salary along with a $1.2 million bonus in the last financial year, bringing his total package to $5.6 million, leaving Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball’s $522,000 pay looking paltry by comparison.
“I think that salary, that remuneration is too high,” Turnbull told reporters on Wednesday. “As someone who has spent most of his life in the business world before coming into politics, I think that’s a very big salary for that job.”
John Stanhope, Chairman at Australia Post, denied trying to cover up the information. “There’s been no intended secrecy or lack of transparency,” he told ABC‘s AM program. “When we report remuneration, we’re required to follow Government guidelines and we’ve reported it every year as required. The Senate asked a question on notice and we responded and gave them all the information.
“That number, it has his base salary, it’s got some short-term incentives which he earned because the company went from loss to profit in the ‘16 year, it also includes his superannuation. It’s everything.
“It is a Government business enterprise, that is true, but it isn’t actually taxpayer funded, it’s self-funded, so it generates profit and generates its own cash.”
Stanhope stated that 73 per cent of Australia Post’s revenue and all of its profit comes from the parcels business, where it competes against multinational firms such as DHL, FedEx and Toll.
“It’s a very competitive business and we need to pay competitive salaries,” he said.

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