WASHINGTON DC: UPS has recruited Nicholas Lewis as public affairs manager in its battle to 'level the playing field' with the US Postal Service.
Lewis was previously director of Government relations for the National Association of Postmasters of the United States of the United States.
But in his new private sector role he will be lobbying to put the Postal Service under the same kind of pressures as other businesses as it moves into competitive markets such as overnight delivery.
The Postal Service and UPS have engaged in PR sniping battles all year, with UPS working to ensure that their own CEO, Jim Kelly, addressed the National Press Club the same day US Postmaster General Marvin Runyon spoke.
In Lewis' role at the National Association of Postmasters his responsibilities included overseeing legislative affairs, political activities and grassroots initiatives. Prior to this he served as the legislative director for the national association of home builders concentrating on labor and small business issues. He also served on the Washington staff of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Ken Churchill, UPS's vice president for public affairs said 'Lewis has a unique combination of work in public policy and on Capitol Hill. He will be a valuable asset.'
UPS recently nudged past rival FedEx to take top place in Fortune 's rankings as leader in mail and freight delivery.