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Members of the Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services


January 3, 2013


Members From the Private Sector and the Public:
 

Maynard Benjamin, President and CEO, Envelope Manufacturers Association

Maynard H. Benjamin, CAE is the president and CEO of the Envelope Manufacturers Association. Mr. Benjamin joined EMA in 1984 as vice president and treasurer of the association and was appointed president of the association in 1993. In 1994, Mr. Benjamin was also appointed president of the EMA Foundation for Paper-Based Communications. Upon his 20th anniversary with EMA in 2004, Maynard was appointed CEO also. Mr. Benjamin was appointed the President and CEO of the Global Envelope Alliance in 2008. The Alliance has members in 39 nations.

Prior to EMA, Mr. Benjamin was with the American Society of Equipment Lessors, a trade association representing the asset-based lending industry. Prior to that point he worked in the White House in the Executive Office of the President. Prior to his job in the White House he was a principal in his own consulting company in Vienna, Virginia.

Mr. Benjamin currently is also a member of the Director’s Council of the National Postal Museum. He is the author of History of Envelopes, 1840-1900 published by the Foundation for Paper-Based Communications.

Mr. Benjamin is a member of the Consultative Committee of the Universal Postal Union in Bern, Switzerland, which is an agency of the United Nations. He currently serves as the chairman of the Paper Industry Association Council.

Mr. Benjamin has been an active consultant to over 55 associations and professional societies. He is the author of numerous articles on information technology management and association management. He is also the author of Letters to Hank, a book of letters he wrote to his son over a 16 year period; William Hunter and the Post, a history of one of the first colonial printers and post office operators in Virginia and a host of other articles on postal history. 

Mr. Benjamin is a graduate of Virginia Tech and George Washington University. He has accomplished postgraduate work at the University of Notre Dame, the J.I. Kellogg School of Northwestern University, the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia from which he holds a post graduate certificate in accounting.

Mr. Benjamin is married with one son and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


Charles E. Bravo, President, Bravo Consulting, Inc.

Charles Bravo, President, Bravo Consulting, Inc. since 2008 has provided consulting services on postal business issues for several companies including Dun & Bradstreet, Motorola, and Motorola Solutions. His work included participation in several Universal Postal Union (UPU) events and Post Expo events. In 2007, he worked for the UPU developing an Addressing Policy Strategy.

From 1974 to 2007, Bravo worked for the U.S. Postal Service holding a variety of positions in technology and operations including: Chief Technology Officer; Senior Vice President of Intelligent Mail and Address Quality; Vice President, Information Technology; Manager, Technology Acquisition; and Manager, Environmental Policy. Over the years, he was involved in many major programs including the Automation Program, Environmental Program, Intelligent Mail Program, and Address Quality programs.

He was actively involved with the UPU over two decades working on environmental and standards issues and held the position of Chairman, UPU Standards Board for three years. In addition, he has participated in a number of international conferences on technology and the environment.

Bravo is a Sloan Fellow who earned a Master’s degree in Management from Stanford University in 1992. He also earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976 from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1971. He has received several awards including Board of Governors Award from the USPS and two World Awards in 2006. In 1997, he received the Whitehouse Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership on environmental issues.


Gene Columbo, DC Senior Advisor, Global Postal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Gene has worked in domestic and international postal organizations and provided leadership in Business Strategy, Operations, Marketing, Environmental, Product Development and Innovation. He has 25 years of experience in domestic postal operations in the U.S. with the U.S. Postal Service, 9 years in international postal operations in Europe with the International Post Corporation and 8 years in Global consulting with Deloitte Consulting LLP, Lockheed Martin, The Aspen Institute and Pitney Bowes. Gene has in-depth experience in all facets of postal operations, strategy, retail and marketing and regulatory affairs. His specific expertise areas are in helping in organizational strategic assessment and realignment, international postal expansion, account management development and implementation, product management and address information systems. He also has helped establish innovative addressing solutions for change of address systems for individuals, publishers and businesses and has also established RFID systems internationally for quality of service measurement.


Jean-Philippe Ducasse, Director, JP Ducasse Consulting

Jean-Philippe (JP) Ducasse is a consultant with a 15-year diverse background in international postal affairs. His career path includes the French Postal Service’s Global Mail Division (Head of Strategy and International Affairs), the European Commission’s Postal Services Unit, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) (Head of the Quality of Service Fund), and most recently (until 2011) Pitney Bowes as a Director, Global Government Affairs. Since starting his consulting practice (www.ducasseconsult.com) he has focused on public/private partnerships, global e-commerce, posts as providers of government services, and revenue protection.

In these different capacities he has been permanently involved since 1996 in the work of the UPU, where he has advocated an increased role for the private sector in this organization. This led to his chairing (since 2008) the Consultative Committee’s Revenue Protection working group, one of the few UPU groups that successfully gathers global companies and postal operators (including the U.S. Postal Service).

JP holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Paris, France. He is married with one daughter and lives and works in Clarksburg, MD.


Merry Law, President, WorldVu LLC

Merry Law, president of WorldVu LLC, oversees their publications, software, and worldwide marketing programs. She is editor of the authoritative Guide to Worldwide Postal-Code and Address Formats, author of Best Practices for International Mailings, and designer of Accurate Worldwide Addresses software.

Law is a founding member of the Global Address Data Association and a member of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Postal Operations Council (POC) Addressing Work Group. She is a consultant on international databases, postal issues, and on direct marketing, working with firms and key executives to identify and overcome their barriers to international business. She frequently writes and speaks on international postal, business, and marketing topics.

Law’s career in international business began at The Conference Board, managing its multinational marketing database. Following The Conference Board, she co-founded a company that created a cooperative international marketing database. Law also worked with a corporate reorganization consultant and independently advised on international direct marketing Law was executive director of the Women On The Move conference, and on the management team of a multinational membership organization in Brussels, Belgium.

On her return to the U.S., Law resumed consulting on international direct marketing and assisted Direct International, Inc. with its conferences, Publishers Multinational Direct Conference and International Postal, Distribution and Fulfillment Conference, and publishing operations.

Law has taught questionnaire design and basic methods of statistical analysis and has lectured on U.S. voting and politics at the university level. Law can be contacted at +1 410-522-4223 or mlaw@worldvu.com.


Michael Mullen, Executive Director, Express Association of America

Michael Mullen was selected in February 2009 as the first Executive Director of the Express Association of America (EAA), a trade association formed by four large integrated express delivery companies – DP DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS. He supports the EAA Board and Committees in developing policy relevant to the express delivery industry in the areas of customs, trade, security and postal issues. Prior to joining EAA, Mullen was the Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs and Trade Relations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where he served from 2004 to 2009. Earlier he was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and the Director of non-profit organizations focusing on trade issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Mullen concluded a 20-year career as a U.S. Navy officer with an assignment as the Assistant Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Mr. Mullen is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Georgetown University, where he earned a MA in Government. He also attended the University of Innsbruck in Austria as an Olmsted Scholar. He is married with one son. 


Arthur Porwick, Executive Director, International Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Arthur Porwick is executive director of the International Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He oversees staff support and development and the day-to-day work flow of the division, as well as its mentoring program.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Porwick spent 35 years with the U.S. Postal Service. While there, he held leadership positions in sales, marketing, and mail distribution and delivery. He served as assistant postmaster general for operating systems and performance, where his responsibilities included assessing all aspects of postal operating performance and directing the purchase, utilization, and maintenance of the nationwide postal vehicle fleet.

In 2012, the U.S. State Department appointed Porwick to represent the Chamber on the Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services.

Porwick has a B.A. in economics from the City College of New York and attended the Stanford University


Charles A. Prescott, Esq., Executive Director, Global Address Data Association

Charles A. Prescott is founder and Executive Director of the Global Address Data Association, a trade association and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting access to postal and other location data and promotion of address infrastructure development. In this connection, he is currently working with the International Hybrid Mail Coalition to promote adoption by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) of a robust international regulatory system for international hybrid mail. He consults with mailers, potential postal partners, and companies active in the international postal, express and logistics businesses. He is an international corporate lawyer with experience representing diverse industries in domestic and international forums, having held positions with Continental Grain Company, Readers Digest, and the U.S. Direct Marketing Association. Since 2008 he has represented the Global Envelope Alliance at the UPU where from 2004 to 2012 he served as the first Chairman of the Consultative Committee. This committee consists of private sector associations and organizations with interest in the international postal network, including competitors, customers of and suppliers to the posts world-wide.

He is a frequent speaker at postal and marketing industry meetings around the world and publishes regularly in the postal community’s journals and on his two websites: www.prescottreport.com and www.globaladdress.org.


Robert A. F. Reisner, President, Transformation Strategy, Inc.

Robert Reisner is a management consultant and adjunct professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute who has served as a senior advisor to a number of global firms including IBM, the Monitor Group, Accenture and AT Kearny. He also works with smaller expert firms to develop custom solutions related to leadership, strategy and transformation for clients in the public and private sectors.

In the 1990s he was recruited by the postmaster general to the newly created position of Vice President, Technology Applications and he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff to the Postmaster General.

He has testified before Congress, written and spoken widely on leadership and transformation including "When a Turnaround Stalls" Harvard Business Review, 2002 and a Leader's Guide to Transformation, IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2011.

He is a graduate of Yale University and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Norman T. Schenk, Vice President, Global Customs Policy and Public Affairs, UPS

Norm Schenk, UPS vice president – global customs policy & public affairs, is responsible for shaping global customs policy to facilitate the smooth flow of shipments across international borders.

With more than 25 years of UPS experience, Schenk has been involved with expansion planning, brokerage acquisitions, and systems development to ensure ongoing training for the ever-changing requirements to balance global trade with security for goods crossing borders. He was the first U.S. employee for the UPS small package brokerage services in Louisville, Kentucky which has now grown to more than 3,000 employees.

Schenk has testified before the U.S. Congress on both postal issues and drug enforcement issues. Norm currently serves on Advisory Committees to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

He is also actively involved with the Express Association of America (EAA) and currently chairs the customs committee of the Global Express Association (GEA). Norm is also involved with the American Association of Exporters & Importers (AAEI) and National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFFA). He was appointed to the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) in October 2002 and has served two terms on this advisory group to U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

Norm spends a great deal of time working directly with government leaders on reducing trade barriers, simplifying processes, and most recently supply chain security issues. He was a key contributor in the development of Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS), now being used by Customs & Border Protection (CBP) for global express air shipments.

Schenk graduated from Widener University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and is a licensed customs broker (1985). He resides in Louisville, KY.


Joseph E. Schick, Director of Postal Affairs, Quad/Graphics, Inc.

Joe is the primary liaison with the U.S. Postal Service on all matters affecting Quad/Graphics and their customers. He joined Quad/Graphics in 1981 and was named to his current position in 1990.

He has been a witness in a number of rate-case proceedings before the Postal Regulatory Commission, and has testified on rate issues before Congress.

He has served as Chairman of the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) and remains involved in MTAC work group activities.

Joe is an active participant of the IDEAlliance, a Past-Chair of their Addressing & Distribution Committee, and a recipient of their highest honor, the Donald A. Mumma Memorial Award.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom) and a past Chairman of the Board, and also represents Quad/Graphics on the Direct Mail Advisory Board at the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in Bern, Switzerland.


Stephen M.H. Simchak, Director, International Affairs, American Insurance Association

Steve Simchak serves as Director, International Affairs for the American Insurance Association (AIA). In that role he oversees AIA’s engagement on global regulatory and trade issues. He has extensive experience in developing policies related to state-owned enterprises and postal financial services.

The AIA is the leading property-casualty insurance trade organization, representing approximately 300 U.S. insurers that write more than $117 billion in premiums each year. AIA member companies offer all types of property - casualty insurance, including personal and commercial auto insurance, commercial property and liability coverage for small businesses, workers' compensation, homeowners' insurance, medical malpractice coverage, and product liability insurance.

Prior to joining AIA, Mr. Simchak was the Program Director of the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI), where he managed CSI’s involvement with ongoing trade negotiations. At CSI he worked closely with numerous express delivery and financial services companies. Before CSI, Mr. Simchak worked in the offices of Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA-4) and Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA-9).

Mr. Simchak is a graduate of the St. Albans School for Boys. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in History, Phi Beta Kappa, from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and a Master's Degree in Global Politics with Merit from the London School of Economics.


Don Soifer, Executive Vice President, Lexington Institute

Don Soifer is Executive Vice President of the Lexington Institute, a nonpartisan think tank headquartered in Arlington, VA.

He directs the institute’s research programs in domestic-policy areas including education, energy and postal reform. Soifer’s research has been published and discussed in many of the nation’s most influential news publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and New York Daily News. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on several occasions, in official hearings of various federal and state agencies, and appears regularly on television and news radio programs around the county.

Soifer has served since 2008 on the District of Columbia’s Public Charter School Board, which is responsible for the oversight of 95 campuses serving approximately 28,000 students. He serves on numerous advisory and governing boards for government and nonprofit organizations around the Nation’s Capital.

He is a 1990 graduate of Colgate University and lives in Washington, DC.


Nancy S. Sparks, Managing Director, Regulatory Affairs, Federal Express Corporation

Nancy Sparks joined FedEx in 1984 and has held various positions with the Company in Memphis, Tennessee, Brussels, Belgium and Washington DC. Prior to coming to FedEx, she was with the law firm Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia, PA. Her undergraduate work was at the University of Pennsylvania and she received her law degree from the University of Virginia. At the present time, she supervises legal support for postal and aviation regulation and other transportation-related regulations within the FedEx legal department as well as international and domestic environment and restricted commodities matters. Additionally, she leads on international compliance programs related to the international operations. She is a frequent participant in global conferences and meetings related to postal law and aviation regulations.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including receiving the Federal Express' Five Star Award, its highest award for employee excellence, four times. She is a member of the board of directors of the International Aviation Club (Washington) and of the Women in Logistics and Delivery Services.


Rodolfo Wolniewitz, Vice President, International Americas, DHL Global Mail

Rodolfo Wolniewitz is DHL Global Mail’s Vice-President International Americas. Under the Mail Division of Deutsche Post DHL, Wolniewitz is responsible for the development and implementation of DHL Global Mail’s strategy in Latin America & the Caribbean as well as Canada and for the regions’ overall P&L.

Before taking this role, Wolniewitz served as DHL Global Mail’s Vice-President International Product Management being responsible for the international product portfolio of DHL Global Mail in the Americas and previous to this role, he served as Vice President of Sales for DHL Express in Latin America until December 2004, and in 2005 he joined the DHL Danzas Air and Ocean Organization, now DHL Global Forwarding, to head a new Aerospace vertical for the Americas region.

Wolniewitz joined DHL in 2000 as Director of Postal Alliances and Regional Segment Development for the International Americas region.

Previous to DHL, Wolniewitz worked 12 years at Lufthansa Cargo where he held various positions, including Sales Manager for Mexico and Central America, Country Manager for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and finally Director of Sales and Marketing for Latin America.

Wolniewitz holds a Law Degree from the Anahuac University in Mexico, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and has attended management courses from both Wharton University and Harvard Business School.

Members From Stakeholder U.S. Government Agencies:
 

Lea Emerson, Executive Director, International Postal Affairs, Global Business, United States Postal Service

Lea joined the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in 1988 as a Language Services Manager. During her 24-year career with USPS, she has held several staff and management positions in the international business area. She currently leads USPS participation in the Universal Postal Union (UPU), regional unions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and other international organizations. This is in addition to the coordination of international relations with over 200 countries and territories, as well as several bilateral agreements. Lea has developed relationships with postal and government representatives around the world to support universal postal service at affordable prices and to improve the quality of international postal services. An acknowledged expert in terminal dues, as well as complex bilateral and multilateral treaty negotiations, she has represented USPS at five UPU Congresses and speaks five languages. Lea earned a Masters Degree in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Kansas, including two years of study abroad in France and Germany.


Philip Warker, Senior Advisor, Office of Policy, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Philip Warker is currently serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is responsible for various programs dealing with cargo security, including international mail. Warker previously worked at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and has held various management positions in cargo operations and international affairs. He has worked extensively in the areas of cargo enforcement and clearance, international mail/express operations, and export controls. Prior to that, he spent twelve years at the U.S. Postal Service, with an emphasis on international mail operations. Warker has a BA in Economics and an MBA in international business and marketing.



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