Patrick Donahoe will step down as the country’s postmaster general inFebruary 2015, the U.S. Postal Service announced Fridaay.
The USPS chief started his career at the agency in 1975 taking the role of clerk as a working student in Pittsburgh.
He moved up to leadership roles through the decades to become deputy postmaster general and chief operating officer, and later postmaster general and chief executive officer in 2010.
During his tenure as top USPS official, Donahoe navigated the organization through a budget deficit drafting and implementing an aggressive financial and cost control plan.
He also instituted several mail marketing programs for business as well as e-commerce-inspired initiatives in the package and shipping space.
“Pat’s leadership and advocacy for the organization has been remarkable,” said Mickey D. Barnett, chairman of the USPS board of governors.
“He has been an excellent strategist for the organization and the mailing industry it serves.”