Allen Kane, a retired United States Postal Service executive with extensive expertise moving the mail but relatively little knowledge of stamps, has been selected to be the director of the National Postal Museum in Washington.
Smithsonian Institution officials made the appointment public Tuesday, Feb. 19.
...Kane will replace Miguel A. Bretos, who has been serving as acting director of the museum for the past year.
...Kane served in a number of senior executive positions at the Postal Service before his retirement in September.His last position was senior vice president for future business design, and he previously served as the USPS' chief marketing officer, a position that placed him over the stamp program.
It was then run by Azeezaly Jaffer, now the vice president for public affairs at the Postal Service
Most of Kane's knowledge and expertise, however, has been in the field of postal operations.In her internal announcement, Burke mentioned that Kane
managed the Postal Service
's Gulf War Crisis Team, sending 2.5 million pounds of mail a day to the Gulf region.
...As director of the National Postal Museum, Kane will direct a staff of 52 and oversee a budget of $3.5 million.He
will also play a role in the development of the newly organized Blount Center for Postal Studies
, which the museum will run.Kane
, who lives in North Potomac, Md., applied for the museum director's job.He
was among five finalists who were selected for interviews by a nine-member panel that included three Postal Service
representatives, three Smithsonian representatives and three individuals selected from the postal museum's advisory boards.The selection process was established under the agreement that created the museum.Kane holds a bachelor of arts degree from Baruch College in New York, where he also received a master's degree in business administration.He
also attended the advanced management program at Harvard University
This is an edited version of a Linn's article that appeared in the March 4, 2002, issue of Linn's Stamp News
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