USPS Selects Former Halliburton Executive As New CIO

USPS Press Release

Postmaster General Jack Potter announced two new officer selections today. Ross Philo was named Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and George Wright was named Vice President, Information Technology Operations.

“The long-term success of the Postal Service as we work to grow our business in an extremely competitive marketplace is inextricably linked to the strategic application of state-of-the-art information systems at every level and across every function of the organization, “ said Potter. “Ross and George offer the experience, leadership and shared vision that will help us to achieve these critical goals.”

Philo joins the Postal Service after more than 30 years experience with large, complex, multinational corporations such as Cisco Systems and Schlumberger, where he was responsible for the development, implementation and management of extremely complex information systems. “Ross is an internationally recognized and respected information systems expert,” said Potter. “His work in systems integration and alignment among business units contributed to their leading market positions.”

Most recently, Philo served as Senior Vice President and CIO of Halliburton and subsequently as Chief Executive Officer of Visean, a global, oil-field services start-up company. He is a graduate of London’s Imperial College of Science and Technology where he earned First-Class honors. Philo will report directly to PMG Potter. “As a member of the Executive Committee, Philo will play a significant role in the development of growth, service and administrative initiatives by assuring that their planning and development are fully linked from inception with the appropriate technology strategy,” said Potter.

Wright is a 25-year USPS employee who has served as manager of Enterprise Architecture and Standards as well as Finance and Administration Systems. He has a Master’s degree in business administration from Maryland University. Wright has served as Acting Vice President, Chief Technology Officer since October 2007 and will report to Philo in his new assignment. “George has gained a valuable familiarity with the information systems and technology that support our operational, financial and administrative functions,” said Potter. “He is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of our vast information-technology infrastructure.

“Please join me in offering your full support to Ross and George as we welcome them to their new assignments.”