Susan Brownell will retire March 29 as the Postal Service’s supply management vice president, capping a 34-year federal career.
Brownell, who has served in the role since 2006, manages the organization’s supplier relationships, including more than $13 billion in annual expenditures and $6 billion of inventory.
In a memo this week announcing Brownell’s retirement, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan praised her as “a trusted leader and valuable voice in the development and implementation of world-class supply chain management strategies” and for building “a culture of excellence” focused on developing people, strengthening relationships and embracing innovation.
“Susan has made her imprint on just about every major acquisition made by the Postal Service for more than a decade. Her work will have a lasting, positive impact on USPS for generations to come,” Brennan wrote.
Brownell joined USPS in 1991 as a contracting officer for fleet management programs, including the LLV production program.
She came to the Postal Service from the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command, where she negotiated contracts for major system acquisitions in shipbuilding.