Australia Post Chairman David Mortimer to step down

30 August 2012

Long-serving Australia Post Board member and Chairman David Mortimer will stand down as Director and Chairman on September 12 following the expiry of his term as Director.

Mr Mortimer has served 11 years on the Australia Post Board - six of those as Chairman - and his term as Director expires in line with guidelines limiting the terms of all Board Members on Government Business Enterprises. Australia Post Deputy Chairman Mark Darras will be acting Chairman until the Australian Government appoints a new Chairman.

Mr Mortimer said one of the highlights of his time on the Australia Post Board was the implementation of the Future Ready strategy, which is helping equip Australia Post for the challenges and opportunities of digital communication.

"I'm pleased that we've always been able to meet or exceed all of our important community service obligations while at the same time running a commercially profitable business for the benefit of all Australians," Mr Mortimer said.

"Australia Post is an iconic Australian institution and our services have been valued by the Australian community for more than 200 years. In recent times we have seen the communications landscape fundamentally transformed by technology which has created one of the most challenging environments for postal corporations around the world. But it has also created immense opportunities, and I believe I am leaving Australia Post with the right management and strategy to take full advantage of this new landscape.

"I wish Managing Director and CEO Ahmed Fahour and my colleagues on the Australia Post Board well for the future and I will continue to watch Australia Post's journey with great interest and affection."

Managing Director and CEO Ahmed Fahour paid tribute to Mr Mortimer and his stewardship of Australia Post.

"On behalf of all Australia Post staff I would like to thank David for the incredible contribution he has made to the business and its future over the past 11 years. He has been a key driver of the strategies that have helped Australia Post become the most successful postal corporation in the world and we wish him all the very best in his next endeavours."