One of the most prominent faces of the Australian business world, Ahmed Fahour was born in 1966 in Lebanon and emigrated to Australia with his parents Abdel and Siham in 1969. His parents became successful in various business ventures across Australia and went on to form a family of eight children, all of which currently reside in the country.
Fahour studied at St. Joseph’s College in North Fitzroy and went on to attend Redden College in Preston. After high school, he attended Latrobe University in Melbourne in 1984 for his Bachelor studies.
He achieved his Master of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School in 1993 while he was simultaneously working for Boston Consulting Group. Four years only after his graduation, he became a Director of the Group (1997) and spent approximately one whole year as Co-managing Director of its joint-venture investment company: Iformation.
In December 2009, Fahour was appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australia Post, a federal government company, where he went on to establish a business renewal program which he called “Future Ready.”
Under Fahour’s direction, Australia Post had two consecutive years of significant profit growth and success, making him one of the most successful Directors the company had had in years. In the two years prior to his appointment, the company reportedly witnessed major losses. Fahour did save the Australia Post company, and was indeed accredited with “saving this company.”
In March 2012, Fahour announced that he would be establishing the “Australia Post Digital Mail” as part of the postal corporation’s “strategy to build a sustainable communications business, both physically and digitally” in a post-email era.
And so it was that, about a year later, the Australia Post Digital Mail was officially opened to Australian consumers for the first time in May 2013.
Fahour has been appointed the Commonwealth of Australia’s Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Fahour was also appointed in June 2014 an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe Business School and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.