Moya Greene

Moya Greene
Moya Marguerite Greene

(1954-06-10) 10 June 1954 (age 67)
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Osgoode Hall Law School
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Known for Former CEO, Royal Mail
Former CEO, Canada Post
Spouse(s) Malcolm Rowe (divorced)
Roger Springall

Dame Moya Marguerite Greene OC, DBE (born 10 June 1954) is a Canadian businesswoman who was the chief executive (CEO) of the Royal Mail until 2018, having previously been CEO of Canada Post.

Early life and education

Moya Marguerite Greene[1] was born on 10 June 1954,[2][3] in St John’s, Newfoundland,[4] the daughter of Austin Greene,[5] a DIY shop owner and Angela,[5] a special education teacher,[6] of Coley's Point.[5] She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1974,[7] and then attended Osgoode Hall Law School.[8]


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.[9] In the later position as Assistant Deputy Minister for Transport Canada,[10] she was responsible for transport, overseeing the privatisation of Canadian National Railway and the deregulation of the Canadian airline industry.[9]

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,[9] under CEO Paul Tellier.[7] That same year she was named among the 100 most influential women in Canada by the National Post,[11] and in 2004 as one of the Top 40 female corporate executives in Canada by the Ivey School of Business.[9]

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.[8] 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,[9] resulting in a two-year extension to her original five-year contract.[12] 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%."[12]

On May 27, 2010, Greene was appointed Chief Executive-designate of Britain's Royal Mail.[11] Replacing the departed Adam Crozier from early July, the first non-Briton and first woman to hold the post, she oversaw the privatisation of Britain's postal service.[9][12] Greene was the highest paid UK Civil Servant in 2010, with a basic salary of £498,000.[13] Her total compensation for 2012/13 was reported by the Royal Mail as £3.7 million.[14]

Greene is also a member of the board of directors for the coffee shop chain Tim Hortons.[8][10]

In February 2013 she was assessed as the 12th most powerful woman in Britain by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[15]

In August 2013 she repaid £250,000 in expenses she had claimed to fund buying a house, after Business Secretary Vince Cable objected to the payment.[14]

Greene was named as Financial Times Person of the Year in 2014.[16] 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."[17]

In September 2020, it was announced that Greene had been appointed by the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Andrew Furey, as chair of the provincial government's newly-established "Economic Recovery Team".[18][19]

On May 7, 2021, a Victoria Times Colonist story said [20] that a report, titled The Big Reset, warned that Newfoundland and Labrador had reached a financial breaking point. It recommended reining in public sector spending, re-evaluating its contracts with unions, and dismantling the provincial energy corporation.

Personal life

Greene has a grown-up daughter from her first marriage, which ended in divorce.[6] She wed Roger Springall, a British physician, in June 2014.[21][22] She lives in Fulham, London.[6]


  1. ^ "ROYAL MAIL PLC - Officers (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 41, 10 June 2014
  3. ^ Groom, Brian (23 March 2014). "Royal Mail's CEO Moya Greene shows her tenacity". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Moya Greene". BBC. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Obituary: Dr. Valerie Greene Summers". Memorial University of Newfoundland. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Reguly, Eric (30 September 2011). "How Royal Mail's Moya Greene plans to deliver". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Moya Greene". Memorial University of Newfoundland. 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  8. ^ a b c "Moya Greene". Canada Post. Archived from the original on 31 July 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d e f King, Ian; Lindsay, Robert (27 May 2010). "Moya Greene of Canada Post in line for top job at Royal Mail". The Times. London. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Moya Greene". Tim Hortons. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  11. ^ a b "Royal Mail names Moya Greene as new chief executive". BBC News. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  12. ^ a b c Wray, Richard (27 May 2010). "Canada Post chief Moya Greene in talks about taking the helm at Royal Mail". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  13. ^ Ford Rojad, Jean-Paul. "Royal Mail hands chief executive Moya Greene a 13% rise in her pay package". The Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  14. ^ a b Hope, Christopher (2 August 2013). "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.
  15. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour - The Power List 2013". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  16. ^ Profiles by John Authers (23 March 2014). "Boldness in Business 2014: Roll of honour". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  17. ^ Johnson, Luke (29 April 2014). "Boards need more women – mine too". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Furey taps former Royal Mail, Canada Post boss to lead economic renewal". CBC News. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  19. ^ "'Big reset' called for debt-ridden N.L. with release of ground-shaking economic report. Long-awaited report offers 6-year plan for province to recover from 'perilous situation'".
  20. ^ Smellie, Sarah (6 May 2021). "N.L. in Financial crisis of its own making: report". The Victoria Times Colonist. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  21. ^ Barton, Dominic (9 January 2012). "Leading in the 21st century: An interview with Moya Greene | McKinsey & Company". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  22. ^ "FTSE 100: who are the five women bosses?". Telegraph. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

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Preceded by
Adam Crozier
CEO of Royal Mail
Succeeded by
Rico Back

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