Christine Holgate has taken up the position of global chief executive at Global Express, following her controversial exit from Australia Post.
Previously part of Toll Holdings, Global Express was purchased by Allegro Funds last year for $7.8 million, which said it will commit more than $500 million in funding to drive the business forward.
“It’s a new chapter and I’m really looking forward to it,” Holgate told the ABC.
“It has been a challenging six months, but there’s a line in the sand now. There’s a few things we need to do about the past, but now it’s all about looking forward and rebuilding.“
Holgate ‘resigned’ from her position as chief executive of Australia Post last year after Prime Minster Scott Morrison effectively fired her from the cabinet floor – stating she had been asked to stand aside, and if she wouldn’t do that, “she can go”.
Since then, Holgate, Australia Post and the Federal Government have been embroiled in a war of words, a senate enquiry, and a pending lawsuit over Holgate’s claims that she was forced out of the job by government decree – not due to any incompetence or inability.
And, with the years at the head of Australia’s biggest logistics firm under her belt, Holgate now has the opportunity to run a leaner, potentially more profitable delivery business.