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(May 21, 2001) -- The Postal Service Board of Governors as expected today named longtime U.S. Postal Service executive John E. "Jack" Potter as the newest postmaster general.

Mr. Potter, now chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Postal Service and a former postal labor relations executive, will replace William Henderson, who had announced he was departing at the end of this month.

It didn't take mailing groups, including publishers, long to react. The Magazine Publishers of America urged Mr. Potter to "cancel" any plan to file for another rate increase this year and "get its own house in order." The Direct Marketing Association said it is looking forward to working with Mr. Potter on postal reform. -- Ira Teinowitz

Copyright May 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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