April 13, 2011
I am writing to ask your support for the candidacy of Dennis M. Delehanty, Director for Postal Affairs at the United States Department of State, for the position of Deputy Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). This election will take place at the 2012 UPU Congress in Doha, Qatar.
The Universal Postal Union is at a crossroads as it works to ensure the future of universal postal services at a time of declining mail volumes and expanding electronic alternatives. Postal operators in developed and developing countries will need to face these challenges together. We can also reap the benefits of innovative solutions to diversify our product lines and meet changing market demands for communications and delivery services. The United States Postal Service is developing a strategy to address issues such as migration to digital means of communication, mail volume declines, and a less profitable mix of mail. One key element of this strategy will focus on achieving revenue growth and sustainable service through strategic alliances and partnerships. Mr. Delehanty is keenly aware of these issues and of the need for a more expansive outlook within the postal sector. I am confident that, if elected, he would promote this inclusive approach toward the future of the UPU.
As his attached resume confirms, Mr. Delehanty has more than 30 years of postal experience and is uniquely qualified to help guide the UPU in its role as a forum for cooperation within the postal sector and as a specialized agency of the United Nations, ensuring a universal network of products and services. His diverse work experience as an operator in the U.S. Postal Service, an international civil servant at the UPU International Bureau, and the lead postal policy expert and head of delegation at the U.S. Department of State, gives him the broad perspective necessary to address the challenges facing the UPU and its member countries. He has a proven track record of leadership in these organizations and has excelled in such UPU initiatives as the EMS Cooperative and the Quality of Service Fund Board of Trustees, where he developed creative and forward-thinking programs that produced dramatic improvements in service quality worldwide.
Mr. Delehanty has also earned great respect from UPU delegates for his balanced approach to issues of interest to postal stakeholders and for his sensitivity to the needs of both developing and industrialized countries. In large part, his postal experience and leadership skills have been enriched by his demonstrated interest in and commitment to understanding the cultures of UPU member countries and mastering some of its languages, such as French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese.
I appreciate the time and attention you give to this matter and hope that we can rely on your country’s support for Mr. Delehanty’s candidacy for the position of UPU Deputy Director General at the election in Doha next year.