Simon Thompson Has Gone 12/5/23

Message from Simon Thompson


Royal Mail has been a big part of my life for more than five years, both as a Non-Executive Director, and as CEO.

So writing this is not easy, but I want you to be the first to know that, after much thought, I have informed the Board of my intention to step down as CEO of Royal Mail. Following the negotiators’ agreement between Royal Mail and the CWU, it is the right time for the company to move forward under new leadership.

I have been incredibly proud to lead Royal Mail during this crucial period in its 507-year history.

The changes we have made, the infrastructure we have put in place, and the agreements negotiated with our trade unions mean that Royal Mail now has a chance to compete and grow.

That is what I have always wanted.

It is now the right time to hand over to a new CEO to deliver the next stage of the company’s reinvention. The Board is in advanced stages of appointing a new CEO, and I have agreed to remain with the business until 31 October as part of the transition. The Chairman, Keith Williams, will be providing additional oversight and support alongside Board colleagues through this period, and a further announcement will be made in due course.

I have met fantastic people on visits throughout the company, and what we do every day to people connected up and down the country is truly amazing. So, thank you. For all that you do.

Royal Mail matters. It matters to you, it matters to our customers, and it will always matter to me.



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