Leader Through USPS's Toughest Times,
PMG Pat Donahoe to Retire;
COO Megan Brennan to Succeed
Dear Catalog Industry Executive:
We got word this morning that Postmaster General Pat Donahoe has announced his retirement, effective February 1, 2015. He will be succeeded by current Chief Operating Officer & EVP Megan Brennan, who will become the first-ever female PMG. In making the announcement during the USPS's Board of Governors meeting today, Chairman Mickey Barnett called Pat "a visionary leader who worked tirelessly to move the organization forward during one of its most difficult periods." Based on my many positive encounters with Pat, I can say I wholeheartedly concur.
A Postal Service "lifer," Pat will be wrapping up 39 years at the agency, having started out as a postal clerk in Pittsburgh. I've had the pleasure of being part of monthly meetings with Pat for the majority of his 4-1/2-year tenure, and had worked closely with him previously when he was the deputy PMG.
He spoke candidly and with a wide-open mind at each of the past five ACMA National Catalog Forums, and routinely drew the highest attendee ratings. His town hall-style presentations contained no scripted show-boating; rather, they were specifically tailored to the catalog market and those in the audience. That was indicative of the keen interest he has taken in catalog mail throughout his tenure.
Pat was relentless in his pursuit of eliminating Saturday letter/flat mail delivery and for postal reform legislation. Although his goals for postal reform didn't completely align with our industry's, his efforts were admirable; however, postal reform remains a long shot in the lame duck and the opportunity for the 114th Congress is unclear and could be problematic.
I've also had the pleasure of working with Megan Brennan throughout her four years as COO. Most notably, she took a keen interest in the ACMA-led effort to significantly reduce the cost of processing flats, and has overseen that effort since we initiated it in spring of 2013. I look forward to maximizing her 27-plus years of experience with the USPS and am confident she can pick up where Pat leaves off.
For the official USPS announcement on the postmaster general, click here.
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