U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe will retire in early 2015, after four years at the helm of the troubled agency, the postal service announced Friday.
Megan J. Brennan, the current chief operating officer of the Postal Service, will replace him as the 74th Postmaster General and CEO, becoming the first woman to be Postmaster General.
The service has struggled amid ongoing financial losses and mounting debt and Congress has pressed its leadership to make massive changes if it hopes to thrive in the digital age.
Mickey D. Barnett, chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors, praised Brennan for demonstrating “outstanding vision, leadership and executive ability.
“She is highly regarded throughout the Postal Service and among the broader community of our major customers and business partners – and rightly so,” Barnett said
Donahoe, who was appointed Postmaster General by the Postal Service Board of Governors in October, 2010, began his 37-year USPS career as a clerk in Pittsburgh, PA.
The American Postal Workers Union national convention voted unanimously over the summer for Donahoe’s resignation and greeted his departure as “welcome news.
“We hope that the next Postmaster General will reverse Donahoe’s policies of lowering standards, reducing hours, outsourcing work and diminishing a great American institution,” union president Mark Dimondstein said. “We call on USPS’ Board of Governors to immediately freeze Donahoe’s policies now and to do no more harm.”