Christine Holgate

Birth Day June 13th, 1963
Birth Place Cheshire
Age 61 Years Old

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About Christine Holgate

A British business executive is named for Christine Holgate who has been the chief executive (CEO) of Australia Post, since 30 October 2017. Furthermore, she was CEO of the vitamin and nutritional supplement company 'Blackmores' from 2008 to 2017. Not only this, but she is also a board member of the Collingwood Football Club. She became the first female CEO in the history of Australia Post. She is also an inaugural chairwoman of the ASEAN-Australia council board as well. She is also the first woman awarded the "CEO of the Year" by CEO Magazine. She is gaining the limelight after it was declared that the Australian CEO will be paid a tremendous $27,000 a WEEK while she’s rejected during an investigation into lavish $12,000 Cartier watch gifts. The mail service staff hit back with a very cheeky social media post.

Australia Post is seeking external legal advice on Christine Holgate's employment contract, amid a deepening fallout between the board and its chief executive over the Cartier watches scandal. Her lawyers insist she has not been formally requested to stand down, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday repeated his view that she had been instructed to step aside from the role. Mr. Morrison doubled down on his comments in Parliament last week when, during a fiery question time, he declared Ms. Holgate "has been instructed to stand aside, if she doesn’t wish to do that, she can go". Australia Post's annual report says Ms. Holgate must be given six months' notice of termination or be paid out for the notice period, unless she is found have breached certain contract conditions, such as engaging in improper conduct. Ms. Holgate, who earns a base salary of $1.4 million, could be in line for a minimum payout of about $700,000 if her contract is terminated. An Australia Post source not authorized to speak publicly said the board was seeking legal advice on Ms. Holgate's employment contract. 

Christine Holgate is famous for being a British business executive. Moreover, she is best known for being the CEO of the vitamin and nutritional supplement company Blackmores from 2008 to 2017. She is the first female CEO in the history of Australia Post.

Christine Holgate, a famous business executive


In the year 1963, Christine Holgate was born in Cheshire, England. Her nationality is English and she belongs to the English-White ethnicity. Her race is White. As of 2020, she celebrated her 56th birthday. She is Christian by religion. He grew up with her four siblings, in Cheshire, England. Her father was an entrepreneur and ran a construction company. From a young age, her father insisted on running 'little businesses' to earn her pocket money. At the age of 15, she cleaned windows with her friend and had a van selling ice-creams. After three years, she left her hometown and went to London in 1982 where she met Flo, who financially supported her to pursue a business degree at the University of North London. As per her educational qualification, she has three post-graduate diplomas in management, marketing, and purchasing and supply. Additionally, she achieved her diploma in management in 1986 and completed her Master of Business Administration degree in the year 1991. Details about her parents and siblings' names are still a mystery as she has not given any clue about it. One of the names of her sibling is Elizabeth (sister) who left this world due to cancer. However, she has a close relationship with her nephews Brian and Eddie, the sons of Holgate's late sister, Elizabeth. 

Christine Holgate is a very beautiful woman with blonde hair color with a pair of blue eyes. She stands tall at the height of 5 ft 6 in or 1.65 m with a balanced body weight of 58 Kg or 127 lbs. Her bra size is 32B and her body measurement is 34-28-34 in (breast-waist-hip). She wears a shoe size of 6 UK. Her body build is average and she maintains her body a lot.

Christine Holgate's Career

  • At the age of eighteen, Christine worked as a postie for the Christmas season and after that, she worked for Allied Healthcare and BBC News. 
  • She then joined the telecommunication company Cable & Wireless and started her international career in the year 1988. 
  • During the time span of twelve years, she directed the company's marketing department and conducted projects across the Caribbean, Europe, and Hong Kong. 
  • She also joined J.P. Morgan as the "Managing Director of Marketing" of its European subsidiary in the year 2000. 
  • What's more, she has worked for J.P. Morgan for 18 months before joining telecommunications company Energis in May 2001, as the Group Director of Strategy and Marketing.
  • She then received a job invitation from David Thodey, the Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles in November 2002 and she became its marketing director. 
  • She then left Telstra in the year 2008 to join the health supplements company "Blackmores" as chief executive officer and managing director. 
  • She identified that Blackmore's operations in Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan were neglected during a couple of months of her joining. 
  • She then appointed Peter Osborne to direct Blackmores business in Asia and minimize the entry barriers in the year 2009. 
  • She increased Blackmores' annual sales to $234 million from 2008 to April 2012. 
  • Later, she was confronted by a crisis related to a deal between Blackmores and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia in 2011. 
  • She was criticized for referring to the deal as a "Coke and fries" option. She explained the phrase was quoted out of context, having said that the proposal "would add the "Coke and fries" to the prescribed medication, and provide pharmacies with a "new and important revenue stream".
  • Her picture with the president of China Xi Jinping and Australian prime minister Tony Abbott was widely circulated in China and helped attract local consumers.
  • At the end of 2014-15, Blackmores sales in the Chinese market increased to $50 million and they reached $500 million in 2015-16.
  • Blackmores joined the ASX200 index in September 2015 and she was named the first female CEO of the Year in November.
  • During her nine years at Blackmores, its share price rose from $18 to $90 and peaked at $220 in 2016.
  • Later, she resigned from Blackmores in 2017 to become CEO of Australia Post. 
  • Her appointment came as Australia Post began to position itself as the leading Australian e-commerce postal delivery service where her job is to manage the modernization of Australia Post's logistics system and its 33000 workforces.
  • She then visited branches across Australia to meet postal employees and noticed the skepticism of the workforce. 
  • In the year 2018, she launched the "Everyone Matters" promotion, an advertising campaign supporting postal workers and post offices in regional areas due to which the net promoter score increased over 30 percent in six months.
  • She also tackled the trust problems of employees and launched an "equal pay for equal work" campaign.
  • Additionally, she invested $300 million to upgrade parcel processing systems using automation and tracking devices,.
  • She had to deal with a number of problems at Australia Post, including significant delays and cuts in service, allegations of the intrusive surveillance of staff, the planned payment of executive bonuses at a time when other public servants were expected to take pay cuts, a bipartisan Senate committee accusing Holgate of attempting to avoid parliamentary scrutiny of Australia Post, and Holgate's personal intervention in the attempted delivery of Pauline Hanson's One Nation-branded stubby holders to locked-down public housing towers in Melbourne after Hanson made inflammatory comments about tower residents during the time of COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Further controversy arose when she revealed at an appearance before a Senate committee on 22nd October 2020 that Australia Post had purchased four Cartier watches valued approximately around $20,000 in total as gifts for senior management executives after securing a lucrative deal with three Australian banks. 
  • Communications Minister Paul Fletcher announced an investigation into Australia Post and asked her to step aside as CEO. 
  • During question time in the House of Representatives that day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that if Holgate wished not to stand aside then she could go.

Christine Holgate, the former CEO of Blackmores speeching


Awards and Achievements of Christine Holgate

Christine won a Chief Executive Women scholarship in 2011. Not only this but also she won the "Women in Leadership" Award from the Australian Growth Company Awards in the year 2015. She was named one of the "100 Women of Influence" in Australia by The Australian Financial Review in October 2015. She was awarded "Australian CEO of the Year" by CEO Magazine, the first woman to win the award in November 2015. She was runner-up in the Australian CEO of the Year award in 2016. She received the Sir Charles McGrath award from the Australian Marketing Institute in the year 2019. 

Christine Holgate's Husband, Michael Harding

Christine Holgate is a married woman. She married her handsome husband, Michael Harding who is the chairman of Downer Limited. The couple tied the knot in January 2016, in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England after dating for a long period of time. At present, the duo does not have any child. The married couple is enjoying their present life a lot in Australia. Her sexual orientation is straight. 

Christine Holgate's Net Worth and Salary

Christine Holgate is a successful woman who is a British business executive and has been the chief executive (CEO) of Australia Post. As of 2020, the net worth of Christine Holgate is estimated to have between $25 Million-$30 Million. Her major source of income and wealth comes from business and collaborating with other brands.  She is the highest-paid civil servant in Australia with a salary of $208,000 per month. Her business management strategies were hight appreciated. 

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