The U.S. Postal Service today turned to a department veteran to take charge of its troubled mailing and shipping services division. Paul Vogel, who had retired as the Postal Service’s senior vice president and managing director of global business in January 2009, will be the next president of mailing and shipping services as of Aug. 16.
The last president, Robert Bernstock, resigned June 4, shortly before the release of an inspector general report that found he steered multiple no-bid contracts to friends and used postal staff and resources to manage his personal businesses.
The Postal Service is touting Vogel’s previous experience running the agency’s international business operations. He reportedly helped strike deals to use FedEx’s and UPS’ air networks, saved $50 million per year by helping deregulate international air contracts, and consolidated the agency’s international operations into a distinct business unit.
Vogel’s selection — and the Postal Service’s emphasizing his previous successes in the government — indicates the agency is taking a very different tack in choosing its marketing leadership after the Bernstock episode. The Postal Service in 2008 trumpeted Bernstock’s extensive experience as a private-sector executive running firms such as Vlasic and Scott’s Miracle-Gro, and he saw himself as a “change agent” tasked with shaking up how the agency operates. But critics said his actions blurred the line between how government agencies and private businesses operate, and created a double standard for management.