USPS Facilities VP retires

The US Postal Service announced today that Facilities Vice President Tom A. Samra is retiring on Monday. In an Industry Alert posted shortly after the Samra announcement, the USPS said that “effective immediately” former Toyota executive Benjamin P. Kuo has replaced Samra.

From the USPS:

Samra has managed all of the Postal Service’s properties for more than 15 years.

“Tom has served with distinction throughout his career. In particular, I wish to commend his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, where his efforts helped ensure the continued safety of our employees and the efficient operation of our postal facilities,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy wrote in an Oct. 28 memo announcing Samra’s retirement.

While managing the organization’s 8,734 federally owned and 23,078 leased facilities, Samra directed several other major expansion and modernization projects.

He supervised the replacement of the Los Angeles International Service Center and guided major projects at the New Jersey Network Distribution Center and the James A. Farley Post Office and Morgan Processing and Distribution Center in New York City.

In 2018, Samra oversaw the completion of the new Portland, OR, Processing and Distribution Center.

The plant — which features a 700,000-square-foot workroom floor, one of the largest in the Postal Service — increased efficiency by consolidating operations from three previous locations.

Samra also led the installation of a solar power generation system at the Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center in 2017.

Effective immediately, Benjamin P. Kuo will serve as Vice President, Facilities. Benjamin will report to Jacqueline Krage Strako, Chief Commerce and Business Solutions Officer and Executive Vice President.

Ben is joining the U.S. Postal Service from the private sector and brings with him more than 30 years of experience in engineering and facilities management. His experience includes the management of general construction, landscaping, maintenance, utilities, transportation, custodial activities, sustainability, and waste management. He has a record of success in planning and directing the delivery of services to large institutions as well as managing budgets and inventory worth more than $1 billion.

As Vice President, Facilities, Ben will be responsible for directing the purchase, sale, architectural design, construction and modification of major facilities, and the development of policies, procedures, programs, and standards to support these functions.

Ben has held management and executive positions at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Cornell University, and Georgetown University. He has a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering with a concentration in engineering and public policy.

The system currently generates enough power to support more than 2,400 households.