Susan Brownell Announces Retirement

Supply Management Vice President Susan M. Brownell Announces Retirement

Mark A. Guilfoil Named Acting Vice President


Susan BrownellAfter a commendable 34-year career with the federal government, including 27 years with the Postal Service, Susan Brownell, Vice President of Supply Management (SM), has announced her plan to retire at the end of March.


Susan was named Vice President, SM in March 2006. In this role, Susan was responsible for orchestrating the Postal Service’s supplier relationships with more than $13 billion in annual expenditures and managing over $6 billion in Postal assets. She built a culture of excellence keenly focused on developing people, strengthening relationships, and embracing innovation.


During her tenure, Susan championed category management approaches and robust strategic planning processes to execute on SM’s Vision of “Delivering Supply Management Excellence!” Through the execution of strategic initiatives, cross-functional teams implemented continuous improvements, streamlined and automated processes, and deployed new technology and innovations.


Susan placed a high value on the relationship with our suppliers and promoted cross-functional collaboration with internal stakeholders to forge positive supplier relationships. She was the driving force behind the Postal Supplier Council, the annual Supplier Performance Awards program, and the Supply Chain Advisory Council. Her advocacy for supplier diversity and sustainability has garnered numerous awards for the Postal Service.


In a message from Postmaster General Megan A. Brennan, Megan said that Susan will be remembered as a trusted leader and valuable voice in the development and implementation of world-class supply chain management strategies at the Postal Service. She noted that Susan has made her imprint on just about every major acquisition made by the Postal Service for more than a decade and that her work will have a lasting, positive impact on the USPS for generations to come.


Guilfoil A Mark_002_03_14_2019 5x7 (002)Mark A. Guilfoil has been named Acting Vice President, Supply Management effective April 1, 2019. Mark has been an executive since 2002, serving in his current position as the Manager, Supply Management Infrastructure, since December 2017. In this role, he provides strategic oversight of Supply Management’s purchasing policies, contract compliance, audit response management, budget, professional development and financial management, and the Purchasing Shared Service Centers. Prior to his current position, Mark served as the Manager, Mail & Operational Equipment Portfolio, supporting contracting activities in mail processing technology, vehicles, mail transport equipment, and operational supplies.


Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Valparaiso University in Indiana, and a J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Additionally, he has studied at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, and the University of London Faculty of Laws, London, England.