Ottawa’s impossible CEO search at Canada Post

The Globe and Mail: The search for a new Canada Post chief executive won’t be easy.

The federal government has saddled the incoming CEO with a seemingly impossible task after ducking the post office’s main predicament – reconciling financial self-sufficiency with a vanishing core business.

Executive search experts say Canada Post needs to find an executive with experience leading a company through transformative change.

“When you do a search like this, you have to look at what the business is going to become,” said Kelly Blair, an executive-search expert and senior partner at Caldwell Partners in Toronto. “It’s classic disruption case. The business needs to be looked at from a very different perspective.”

She likened the post office’s challenge to those in industries being upended by companies such as Amazon and Uber.
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