April 16, 2012

U.S. postmaster general to give Leaders + Legends Lecture

Patrick R. Donahoe

Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO of the United States Postal Service, will be the featured speaker for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Leaders + Legends lecture series on Wednesday, April 18. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. in the Legg Mason Tower in Harbor East.

Donahoe, whose remarks are titled “The State of the U.S. Postal Service,” was named the 73rd postmaster general of the country in October 2010. A 35-year postal veteran who began his career as a postal clerk in Pittsburgh, he reports to the Postal Service board of governors.

Donahoe previously served as the 19th deputy postmaster general—the second highest-ranking postal official—and chief operating officer. In his dual roles, Donahoe had responsibility for the day-to-day activities of 574,000 career employees working in more than 32,000 facilities supported by a fleet of nearly 216,000 vehicles. Additionally, he was responsible for mail processing, transportation, field operations, engineering, delivery, retail, facilities and network operations.

As chief operating officer, Donahoe was instrumental in the Postal Service’s achieving record levels of service and customer satisfaction, significant workplace improvements and seven straight years of productivity gains. The U.S. Postal Service has annual revenues of $68 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.

His previous positions include chief operating officer and executive vice president, senior vice president for operations, senior vice president for human resources and vice president for Allegheny area operations.

Donahoe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree as a Sloan Fellow at MIT.

The Leaders + Legends lecture series, which features today’s most influential business and public policy leaders addressing topics of global interest and importance, is designed to engage business and community professionals in an examination of the most compelling issues and challenges facing society today.

Admission to the lecture, which includes breakfast, is $35. To register and for more information, go to carey.jhu.edu/leadersandlegends.