Elmar Toime, Advisory Board Member
Elmar Toime is an independent advisor to the postal sector based on his broad experience as a senior executive in the industry. He is a regular commentator and speaker at industry events. He lives in London, United Kingdom. He is chairman of Postea, Inc, a postal technology group incorporated in 2006 and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading logistics company. He advises at the board and corporate level as well as working with start-up firms in the postal and logistics sector. He has particular interests in corporate governance, business strategy, and organisational development.
Elmar was the chief executive of New Zealand Post Limited from 1993 to 2003 where he diversified its business base into new areas of activity, including into courier and express services, third party logistics, digital services and in 2002 the establishment of a new, full service retail bank, Kiwibank Ltd. This move into banking exemplified his long interest and commitment to extracting value from the post office retail network. Through the New Zealand Post subsidiary company, Transend Ltd of which he was Chairman, at its time the largest postal consulting firm in the world, New Zealand Post acquired a 30% share of Malta Post, the first postal privatisation. In this period New Zealand Post had top executives managing postal companies including South Africa Post, Namibia Post, Botswana, Trinidad and Tobago, amongst others.
In 2003 he moved to the UK when he was appointed Executive Deputy Chairman of the Royal Mail Group, with roles including chairman of the Royal Mail management board and chairman of GLS B.V., a leading parcel delivery logistics company in Europe. He left Royal Mail at the end of 2004. During a period in 2007/8 he was interim CEO of the SKYCITY Entertainment Group, a major New Zealand listed company, stepping in from the Board where he had been a long serving non-executive director. He led the company in a period of transition and including a takeover attempt, requiring him to deal interactively with the financial markets.
Elmar has been voted by his peers for a life-time achievement award for leadership in the postal industry. Born in Italy, Elmar grew up and was educated in Melbourne, Australia and has qualifications in Science and in Economics from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Science and Manufactures.