The Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, has announced that the CEO of Aer Lingus, Christoph Mueller, is the new chairman of An Post.
Minister Rabbitte said: "The Government this morning agreed to appoint Mr Mueller to chair this important state company at a critical time in the company’s future.
"An Post has a great brand and an important nation-wide network. It provides very important services to communities throughout Ireland."
The Minister recognised that the State company faces significant challenges in the internet era.
He said: "The company will benefit from the strategic leadership approach that Christoph Mueller has brought to Aer Lingus. I am also sure that Christoph, who played a leadership role in Deutsche Post and DHL before joining Aer Lingus, will bring a valuable international perspective to the Board of An Post."
An Post has a turnover of around €800m and employs 9,000 people.
Mr Mueller is expected to remain in his role at Aer Lingus.