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Adam Crozier (born 26 January 1964, Falkirk, Scotland) is the chief executive of the Royal Mail.[1] He took up this position in February 2003 [2].

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Early life

His father was a manager for Lord Bute, and his mother was secretary to the Managing Director of The Scotsman. He went to a school in Ayr then Graeme High School a comprehensive school in Falkirk. Brought up on the Isle of Bute[3] he graduated with a Business Organisation BA from Heriot-Watt University.

Career

He had trials for Hibernian F.C. and Stirling Albion F.C. when at school. He joined Pedigree Petfoods as a graduate trainee in 1984. In 1986, he moved to the Daily Telegraph to work in sales.

He formerly worked for advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi from 1988 becoming joint chief executive with Tamara Ingram in 1995, and was chief executive of the Football Association from 2000 to 2002.[4]

The Royal Mail

In November 2007, the Daily Telegraph reported [5] that he had received a 26% pay increase in base pay, taking out £1,256,000 in 2007. His achievements in this year included shrinking the workforce by 45,000, and closing 4,600 post offices, with another 2,500 to follow. The goal of this reduction in workforce and in retail outlets was to increase profitability of the corporation (which had made a profit of £537m [2] in 2004/5, dropping to around £300 million in 2005/6, dropping to £233 million in 2006/7, to the point where the corporation was running a £10 million/annum trading deficit in 2007).

In 2008, the BBC reported [6] that Royal Mail's trading position had worsened dramatically to an annual loss of £279 million a year in financial 2007. He took home more than £3 million in 2008 because of a one-off payment from a company bonus scheme worth almost £2 million. [6].

ITV’s Tonight programme compiled a pay chart in November 2009 showing that Mr Crozier received £995,000 in pay and bonuses in the financial year 2008-2009. His pay package is five times higher than what Gordon Brown earned and puts him above the heads of Network Rail, the BBC and Olympic Games Organising Committee in the public sector earnings chart.

During the Royal Mail strike of 2009, his appearance at the top of the list represents an embarrassment for Royal Mail as negotiators search for a deal to end weeks of strikes in a bitter dispute over jobs and pay for postal workers. As a CWU union representative said, "You have got one of the highest paid public servants in Britain and his agenda is to reduce pay and terms and conditions for the workers who work for him."[7]

Personal life

He is married to Annette, whom he met at Saatchis, and they have two daughters (born February 1994 and July 1998).

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