USPS Counsel Mary Anne Gibbons to retire

From USPS News Link:

gibbonsGeneral Counsel and Executive Vice President Mary Anne Gibbons will retire from USPS May 3, 2013.

A member of the Executive Leadership Team, Gibbons joined USPS in 1985 as a labor law attorney. She was named to lead the Postal Service’s Law Department in 1999, making her the longest-serving USPS general counsel.

PMG Pat Donahoe praised Gibbons’ achievements for USPS. “Over the years, I have counted on her guidance and solid advice, which consistently takes into account comprehensive legal views as well as our mission to serve our country and the American public,” he said. “I congratulate Mary Anne on her distinguished career and thank her for all she has contributed to the Postal Service over the past 28 years.”

During her career, Gibbons played a major role in the development of the Postal Service’s legislative initiatives. She also shepherded USPS in several groundbreaking legal areas, including the first agreement with FedEx in 2000 and implementation of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006.

Under Gibbons’ direction, the Postal Service’s 15 legal offices formed productive and collaborative relationships with other departments in the organization. Among her accomplishments was a successful initiative to reduce USPS procurement regulations from a 3-inch manual to just 15 pages. And the Legal Department worked closely with Human Resources to improve the equal employment opportunity process by resolving matters more quickly and cost-effectively.