|75th United States Postmaster General|
|Assumed office |
June 16, 2020
|Preceded by||Megan Brennan|
|Born||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Education||Stetson 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 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.
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. He currently serves on the Elon University board of trustees.
US Postmaster General and CEO
The USPS Board of Governors announced DeJoy's appointment as Postmaster General and CEO on May 6, 2020. 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..." 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.
DeJoy is the first postmaster in two decades without prior experience in the United States Postal Service. 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.
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. 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. DeJoy said he was trying to breathe new life into a "broken business model."
He is married to Aldona Wos, a Polish-American physician and former Ambassador to Estonia in the George W. Bush Administration. The couple have two children and reside in the Irving Park Historic District in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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