The Board of Directors of The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) has approved Bruce J. Carlton as the next President of the 100 year old association effective June 1, 2008. He succeeds Interim President Annette M. Sandberg who has served as the head of the organization since January of this year.
Mr. Bruce Carlton is presently employed at the United States Department of Transportation where he serves as the Assistant Administrator of the Maritime Administration. Mr. Carlton is the ranking Senior Executive Service (SES) career official in the Maritime Administration where, in addition to overall executive management duties, he is responsible for international activities, policy development and implementation, legislation, economic analysis and strategic planning. He has over 30 years of experience in domestic and international freight transportation issues, and an outstanding reputation built on leadership and tangible results.
Mr. Carlton has successfully negotiated market-opening bilateral agreements with China, Russia, Brazil, Vietnam, Japan and Ukraine. He led efforts in the Department of Transportation to enact the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and in negotiation of the new UNCITRAL convention on cargo liability. He served as Chair of the Maritime Transport Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and as Chair of the Committee of the Whole at the International Labor Organization (ILO) where he successfully guided delegates from over 120 nations in adopting the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006.
Mr. Carlton is a seasoned executive, having served as the Executive Director of a Washington-based trade association and as the acting Administrator/Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration for over two years. He has testified before Congress, and he has earned the highest honors for members of the SES: the Presidential Rank Awards of Distinguished and Meritorious Executive. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in economics from Wayne State University.
Speaking on behalf of the League, Board Chairman Curt Warfel said,’ we are very fortunate to have Bruce as our new President. He brings a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience in the transportation industry and Washington DC, to his new role in the League. Bruce’s leadership skills and business acumen will advance the League’s profile as a leader in the transportation community.’
The League is one of the nation’s oldest and largest national association representing companies engaged in the transportation of goods in domestic and international commerce. It was founded in 1907 and has approximately 600 member companies. League members include some of the largest users of the nation’s transportation system, as well as many smaller companies engaged in the shipment and receipt of goods.