Thomas J. Donohue is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing 3 million companies, associations, state and local chambers, and American Chambers of Commerce abroad.
Prior to his current post, Donohue served for 13 years as the president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the national organization of the trucking industry. Before heading ATA, Donohue was a group vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for eight years. Prior to that, he was deputy assistant postmaster general in Washington, D.C.; regional assistant postmaster general in San Francisco and New York City; and vice president of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
According to Industry Week magazine, the Chamber under Donohue is "more aggressive, energetic, and lively than at any time in its history." The Washington Post has written, "Nobody has mastered the new Washington game better than Tom Donohue."
Donohue earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Adelphi, St. John’s, and Marymount Universities. He is on the Board of Directors of Qwest Communications International Inc., Sunrise Assisted Living, Inc., XM Satellite Radio.