Postal affairs is in my life blood. My father worked as a railway mail clerk between Boston and New York and I began delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service when I was 18. I then worked as an international postal affairs specialist at its headquarters in Washington. I also worked at the UPU in Bern for many years, and created its Cooperative for Express Mail. I have chaired many UPU groups, and served as a Trustee of the UPU’s Quality of Service Fund.
My current position, Director for Postal Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, requires me to coordinate with the public and private sectors that have an interest in international delivery.
The international postal system faces so many challenges in the 21st century. Declining letter mail, global economic tensions and growing security threats, to name just a few.
But these challenges provide us with opportunities. Opportunities to transform obstacles into advantages. Potential is everywhere: in emerging digital technologies, in reconfigured infrastructure, in quality improvements, and in postal reform – all of which can help the postal sector grow.
These are not small tasks. They demand creativity, imagination, hard work and experience.
As someone who has devoted three decades to the improvement of international postal services, I know I am up to the job. I can help guide the UPU to shift priorities and actions to best meet the evolving needs of all 192 member countries.
As candidate for Deputy Director General, I am ready to serve you. Thank you very much, and see you at the Doha Congress!