USPS Announces Staff Cutbacks, Management Restructuring

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Postmaster General John Potter announced major layoffs and management restructuring changes on Friday.


Twenty percent of officer positions at USPS headquarters were eliminated and 800 headquarter and headquarter-related staff positions were cut. Area offices for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest will be eliminated, while the remaining eight area offices will continue to cut staff with a goal of 30 percent reductions this year.


Notable employees whose positions have been eliminated include John F. Kelly, who was president of expedited/package services. The expedited/package services division, which was based in Atlanta, will be reassigned to the USPS headquarters. John Ward, formerly vice president of core business marketing, Don Peterson, formerly vice president of quality, and Robert Krause, formerly vice president of e-commerce, also saw their positions eliminated. Pam Gibert, who was vice president of retail, consumer, and small business, retired before her postion was eliminated.


Despite doing away with the e-commerce position, USPS spokeswoman Judy de Torok said that "Mr. Potter said that we will not abandon our e-commerce actives, but we will take a close look at those activities and retain those that support the growth of our core products and those that are profitable."


The USPS' marketing and sales department also has been restructed. According to de Torok, the "new marketing organization will be responsible for product development, pricing and classification, and sales."


Anita Bizzoto is the new chief marketing officer. She had been vice president of pricing and classifications. John Nolan, who is the Deputy Postmaster General, had filled the position and remains Deputy Postmaster General. Steve Kearney has been reassigned from senior vice president of corporate and business development to vice president of rates and classifications.


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