In 2008, Bruce Carlton was selected as the President and CEO of The National Industrial Transportation League, the nation’s oldest and largest national association representing companies engaged in the transportation of goods in domestic and international commerce.
Mr. Carlton was previously employed at the United States Department of Transportation where he served as the Assistant Administrator of the Maritime Administration, the senior career executive in the agency. In addition to overall executive management responsibilities, he directed the agency’s international activities, as well as policy development and implementation, legislation, economic analysis and strategic planning.
Mr. Carlton has over 35 years of experience in domestic and international trade and freight transportation. He successfully negotiated market-opening bilateral agreements with China, Russia, Brazil, Vietnam, Japan and Ukraine. He led efforts in the U.S. Department of Transportation to enact the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and to negotiate 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.
Bruce has a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in economics from Wayne State University.