The Royal Mail Board and Rico Back have agreed he will step down as Group CEO, and from the Group Board, with immediate effect. Keith Williams becomes interim Executive Chair of Royal Mail Group and Stuart Simpson becomes interim CEO of Royal Mail (UKPIL).
The CWU haven’t been fans of Rico Back as he doesn’t appear to have personally engaged with them to any great extent, so much so that when they suggested 10 questions for postal workers to ask management their final question was “Where is Rico Back?”. This was in stark contrast to previous CEO Moya Greene, who brokered a period of peace with the CWU which saw many years without what had become biennial strikes. They certainly aren’t regretting his abrupt departure.
“The change of CEO by Royal Mail Group must now bring about a total change in strategy and direction. Postal workers have been outstanding during this pandemic and are ready to embrace innovation, new products and building on their role in every community in the UK. It is absolutely critical that the new CEO wants to work with the CWU to overcome the challenges we all face and deliver the postal service the public and our members deserve.”
– CWU Spokesperson
Rico Back leaves Royal Mail in a time of crisis with posties working harder than ever with unprecedented volumes during the pandemic, but year on year revenue was down £22 million in April. No bonuses will be paid to Executive Directors for 2019-20. Around £25 million has been set aside for cash awards for frontline staff, in recognition of their role during COVID-19.
The Board and Rico Back have agreed he will step down as Group CEO and from the Group Board with immediate effect, and leave Royal Mail on the 15th of August 2020.
“Rico Back has made a significant contribution to the evolution of our business over his 20 years with us, particularly in building our international parcels business and developing our Group strategy, which recognised the urgent need for change to create a sustainable business for the future. On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend my thanks to Rico and wish him well in the future.”
– Keith Williams, Chair, Royal Mail plc
“It has been a privilege to lead a Company that is so much a part of UK life at this crucial time in its history. I am proud of what I, together with our dedicated and loyal team, helped to build in Royal Mail and GLS. I look forward to seeing Royal Mail transform into a parcels-led, international delivery company, that continues to touch the lives of millions across the world.”
– Rico Back, Group CEO, Royal Mail plc