William J. Henderson

William J. Henderson
Former Postmaster General of the United States

William Henderson was the 71st postmaster general of the United States and the fifth career employee to lead the world's largest postal system. He served in that position from May 1998 until his retirement in May 2001.

Prior to his appointment as postmaster general and chief executive officer, Mr. Henderson served as chief operating officer. Previously, he served as vice president of employee relations, and then chief marketing officer and senior vice president.

In addition to his service in Washington, D.C., Mr. Henderson has served in postal management positions in Chicago, Greensboro, Memphis, and Stockton, among other locations. In 1997, Mr. Henderson received the Postal Service's John Wanamaker Award, and in 1998 he received American University's Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. In 1998, Mr. Henderson also received an honorary Mailing Excellence Award from the National Postal Forum for his work with the nation's professional mailing industry.

Mr. Henderson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served in the U.S. Army.