Director, National Postal Museum
Allen Kane became director of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum Feb. 19, 2002.
Kane, 56, retired from the U.S. Postal Service in September 2001 after serving more than 30 years in a variety of senior leadership positions devoted to strategic and policy planning, operations, marketing and logistics. His last position at the Postal Service was as that agency’s Senior Vice President for Future Business Design.
As a corporate officer for the U.S. Postal Service, Kane helped direct the 25th largest business in the world, with 840,000 employees and $67 billion in revenues. During his tenure at the Postal Service, Kane was responsible for a number of critical operations, including coordination of the implementation of thousands of pieces of high-speed automated processing equipment; re-design of national distribution and transportation networks; phase-in of the JFK and LaGuardia airport facilities; and managing the USPS Gulf War Crisis Team, in coordination with the White House and the Department of Defense, to ensure the successful delivery of 2.5 million pounds of mail per day to the Gulf.
Kane received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in New York in 1967 and his master’s degree in business administration from Baruch Business School in New York City in 1970. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in the early 1980s.
Kane lives in North Potomac, Md., with his wife, Sylvia. They have two grown sons.
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is housed in the former City Post Office Building at 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., near Union Station on Capitol Hill. The 70,000-square-foot museum includes exhibitions, educational programs and a research center. The museum’s collection includes almost 16 million items, ranging from stamps to mail planes. The National Postal Museum, through its collection and library, is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately.
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