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Louis DeJoy
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75th United States Postmaster General
Assumed office
June 16, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMegan Brennan
Personal details
BornNew York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Aldona Wos
Children2
EducationStetson University (BBA)

Louis DeJoy is an American businessman and Republican Party fundraiser appointed in May 2020 by the United States Postal Service's Board of Governors to serve as the 75th United States Postmaster General and, in a title new for the organization, Chief Executive Officer of the world's largest postal organization.

Early life and education

DeJoy was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.[1][2][3] He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stetson University in Central Florida.[4]

Career

DeJoy was CEO of High Point, North Carolina-based New Breed Logistics from 1983 to 2014, and retired after his company was acquired by Connecticut-based freight transporter, XPO Logistics, for a reported $615 million. Following that acquisition he served as CEO of XPO's supply chain business in North America until his retirement in 2015, and was appointed to a strategic role on XPO Logistics' board of directors where he served until 2018.[5]

At the time of his naming as Postmaster General, DeJoy was president of LDJ Global Strategies, a Greensboro, North Carolina-based, boutique firm with interests in real estate, private equity, consulting and project management.[6] He currently serves on the Elon University board of trustees.[citation needed]

US Postmaster General and CEO

The USPS Board of Governors announced DeJoy's appointment as Postmaster General and CEO on May 6, 2020.[7] On the same day, the National Association of Letter Carriers president Frederic Rolando released a statement congratulating DeJoy on his appointment but warning of politicization of the USPS, saying "Keeping politics out of the Postal Service and maintaining its independence is central to its success..."[8] Mark Dimondstein, the president of the American Postal Workers Union, wrote in a letter that "the APWU is deeply concerned with the appointment process to make Mr. Louis DeJoy, a multi-million-dollar major donor to President Trump, the next Postmaster General." Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) noted that his career as a political operative and close ties to the president and Republican Party would threaten the nonpartisan nature of the Postal Service.[9][10][11]

DeJoy is the first postmaster in two decades without prior experience in the United States Postal Service.[12] DeJoy's appointment was controversial because DeJoy and his wife have assets between $30.1 million and $75.3 million in USPS competitors or contractors, such as UPS and trucking company J.B. Hunt.[13][14]

Upon assuming office as Postmaster General, DeJoy began taking measures to reduce costs. Critics claim these measures may result in slowing of the mail service.[15][16][17] On August 7, 2020, DeJoy announced he had reassigned or displaced 23 senior USPS officials, including the two top executives overseeing day-to-day operations.[18][19] DeJoy said he was trying to breathe new life into a "broken business model."[20]

Personal life

He is married to Aldona Wos, a Polish-American physician and former Ambassador to Estonia in the George W. Bush Administration.[21] The couple have two children and reside in the Irving Park Historic District in Greensboro, North Carolina.[22]

References

  1. ^ "New Postmaster General Is Top GOP Fundraiser". NPR.org. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "Top Republican donor tapped to lead struggling U.S. Postal Service". NBC News. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "From Family Business to million dollar corporation, entrepreneur Louis DeJoy shares his success story". Elon News Network. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "About The Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Wos Family Foundation". Louis DeJoy Aldona Wos Family foundation. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  5. ^ Arcieri, Katie (December 15, 2015). "Triad CEO retires from firm that bought his company, joins board of directors". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Finnegan, Daniel (February 7, 2020). "County approves sale of downtown building to Louis DeJoy's company". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "Board of Governors Announces Selection of Louis DeJoy to Serve as Nation's 75th Postmaster General". United States Postal Service. May 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Statement of NALC President Fredric Rolando on the Appointment of Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General". National Association of Letter Carriers.
  9. ^ "On the Appointment of Louis DeJoy as the 75th Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service". American Postal Workers Union. May 7, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Naylor, Brian. "New Postmaster General Is Top GOP Fundraiser". www.wbgo.org. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  11. ^ "N.C. Businessman, GOP Donor Selected to Head USPS". spectrumlocalnews.com. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  12. ^ "Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail". AP NEWS. August 6, 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  13. ^ Newsom, John (May 7, 2020). "Greensboro's Louis DeJoy named nation's new postmaster general". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  14. ^ "Trump's New Postmaster General Could Destroy The Postal Service". HillReporter.com. July 24, 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  15. ^ Daly, Matthew (July 15, 2020). "Mail delays likely as new postal boss pushes cost-cutting". Associated Press. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  16. ^ "Maine Letter Carriers Allege USPS Leadership 'Willfully Delaying' Mail to Sabotage Postal Service From Within". Common Dreams. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  17. ^ Katz, Eric (July 20, 2020). "Looking to Cut Costs, New USPS Leader Takes Aim at Overtime and Late Trips". Government Executive. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  18. ^ Axelrod, Tal (August 7, 2020). "New postmaster general overhauls USPS leadership amid probe into mail delays". The Hill. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  19. ^ "Postal Service overhauls leadership as Democrats press for investigation of mail delays". The Washington Post. 2020.
  20. ^ "'Wholly off-base': Greensboro's Louis DeJoy, new postmaster general, says he's not beholden to Trump". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  21. ^ Norcross, Jack (May 7, 2020). "Elon University trustee Louis DeJoy selected to lead U.S. Postal Service". Elon University. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  22. ^ "Louis DeJoy: Entrepreneurial Life Story in a Democracy". uncp.campuslabs.com. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
Government offices
Preceded by
Megan Brennan
United States Postmaster General
2020–present
Incumbent