Moya Greene

Moya Greene
Born Moya Marguerite Greene
(1954-06-10) 10 June 1954
St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Osgoode Hall Law School
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Known for CEO, Royal Mail
Former CEO, Canada Post
Salary £1,522,000 (total compensation, 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) ? (divorced)
Roger Springall
Children One daughter, with her first husband[2]

Moya Marguerite Greene (born 10 June 1954) is a Canadian businesswoman and the chief executive (CEO) of the UK's Royal Mail postal service. Prior to her role with Royal Mail she served as CEO of Canada Post.

Early life and education

Moya Marguerite Greene[3] was born on 10 June 1954,[4][5] in St John’s, Newfoundland,[6] the daughter of Austin Greene,[7] a DIY shop owner and Angela,[7] a special education teacher,[8] of Coley's Point.[7] She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1974,[9] and then attended Osgoode Hall Law School.[10]


On graduation in 1979 she joined the Public Service of Canada in Ottawa as an immigration adjudicator, later taking positions in the Department of Labour and the Privy Council Office.[11] In the later position as Assistant Deputy Minister for Transport Canada,[12] she was responsible for transport, overseeing the privatisation of Canadian National Railway and the deregulation of the Canadian airline industry.[11]

In 1996 she joined TD Securities as managing director of infrastructure finance and public private partnership. In 2000 she joined the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as senior vice president and chief administrative officer, retail products. In 2003 she joined Bombardier as senior vice president, operational effectiveness,[11] under CEO Paul Tellier.[9] That same year she was named among the 100 most influential women in Canada by the National Post,[13] and in 2004 as one of the Top 40 female corporate executives in Canada by the Ivey School of Business.[11]

After resigning from Bombardier at the end of 2004 following Tellier's departure, she was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post on May 12, 2005.[10] During her period of tenure, she placed emphasis on cost cutting through cutting absenteeism, increasing automation and improved labour relations. The result was a trebling of Canada Post's profits to C$281 million (£183 million), despite a 5.1 per cent drop in revenues,[11] resulting in a two-year extension to her original five-year contract.[14] However, in her last year of tenure, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers marked her fourth anniversary with a report card, with the CUPW's President Denis Lemelin commenting: "If you compare the four years before Greene with the four years under Greene's management, the numbers show that injuries have gone up 15.4% and grievances have gone up 59.3%."[14]

On May 27, 2010, Greene was appointed Chief Executive-designate of Britain's Royal Mail.[13] Replacing the departed Adam Crozier from early July, the first non-Briton and first woman to hold the post, her duties are expected to include the part privatisation of Britain's postal service.[11][14] Greene, who was in 2010 the highest paid UK Civil Servant on a basic salary of £498,000, is based in London.[15][2] Her total compensation for 2012/13 was reported by the Royal Mail as £3.7 million.[16]

Greene is also a member of the board of directors for the coffee shop chain Tim Hortons.[10][12]

In February 2013 she was assessed as the 12th most powerful woman in Britain by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[17]

In August 2013 she repaid £250,000 in expenses she had claimed to fund buying house, this was after Business Secretary Vince Cable objected to the payment.[16]

Greene was named as Financial Times Person of the Year in 2014.[18] Judge Luke Johnson said "She did a fantastic job managing the unions, politicians and media and floating the business last year. It was an almost impossible task to reconcile demands from all the competing stakeholders – and sell a declining business such as post and parcel delivery to the stock market – but she pulled it off."[19]

Personal life

Greene has a grown-up daughter from her first marriage, which ended in divorce.[8] She wed Dr. Roger Springall, a British physician, in June 2014.[20][21] She lives in Fulham, London.[8]


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  2. 1 2 "£500,000 postal job goes to Canadian woman". Daily Mail. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  3. "ROYAL MAIL PLC - Officers (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  4. "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 41, 10 June 2014
  5. Groom, Brian (2014-03-23). "Royal Mail's CEO Moya Greene shows her tenacity". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  6. "Moya Greene". BBC. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. 1 2 3 "Obituary: Dr. Valerie Greene Summers". Memorial University of Newfoundland. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  8. 1 2 3 Reguly, Eric (30 September 2011). "How Royal Mail's Moya Greene plans to deliver". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  9. 1 2 "Moya Greene". Memorial University of Newfoundland. 2006. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  10. 1 2 3 "Moya Greene". Canada Post. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  11. 1 2 3 4 5 6 King, Ian; Lindsay, Robert (2010-05-27). "Moya Greene of Canada Post in line for top job at Royal Mail". London: The Times. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  12. 1 2 "Moya Greene". Tim Hortons. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  13. 1 2 "Royal Mail names Moya Greene as new chief executive". BBC News. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  14. 1 2 3 Wray, Richard (2010-05-27). "Canada Post chief Moya Greene in talks about taking the helm at Royal Mail". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  15. Ford Rojad, Jean-Paul. "Royal Mail hands chief executive Moya Greene a 13% rise in her pay package". The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  16. 1 2 Hope, Christopher. "Moya Greene will repay £250,000 perk to buy a house after Vince Cable said he would have vetoed it". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  17. "BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour - The Power List 2013". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  18. Profiles by John Authers (2014-03-23). "Boldness in Business 2014: Roll of honour". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  19. Johnson, Luke (2014-04-29). "Boards need more women – mine too". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  20. Barton, Dominic (2012-01-09). "Leading in the 21st century: An interview with Moya Greene | McKinsey & Company". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  21. "FTSE 100: who are the five women bosses?". Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
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