Monday, July 03, 2006

Azeezaly Jaffer "replaced"

According to USPS NewsLink, Postmaster General Jack Potter has announced that Jon Leonard (shown at left) has been named Acting VP, Public Affairs and Communications (PA&C). He replaces Azeezaly Jaffer, who is pursuing other career opportunities outside the Postal Service.

Jaffer was well known for his aggressive and sometimes "over the top" response to anyone using the phrase "going postal" in a negative context.

According to the release, Leonard, a 31-year postal veteran, has broad experience in the Postal Service, both at headquarters and in the field. He recently served as Communications Integration manager and previously held assignments in Government Relations, Labor Relations, Human Resources and Operations.

“Postal employees across the country do an excellent job processing and delivering America’s mail every day. And, Public Affairs and Communications does an excellent job telling their story — it’s a great story to tell,” said Leonard. “I look forward to leading the PA&C team in communicating the next chapter.”

Potter commended Jaffer for his accomplishments in six years as head of PA&C.

“Azeez led a strong team in developing and implementing communication strategies that have served us well during some of the most difficult public relations challenges faced by any organization,” he said.

“In particular his efforts during the 2001 anthrax attacks and subsequent mailbox bombings were critical to maintaining public and employee confidence in the Postal Service and the mail.”

Potter credited Jaffer with significantly enhancing the Postal Service’s internal and external communication programs at both the national and field levels.
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posted by Don Schilling at 10:00 AM