President and CEO
The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)
Mr. Bruce Carlton is 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 formerly employed at the United States Department of Transportation where he served as the Assistant Administrator of the Maritime Administration. Mr. Carlton was the ranking Senior Executive Service (SES) career official in the Maritime Administration where, in addition to overall executive management duties, he was responsible for international activities, policy development and implementation, legislation, economic analysis and strategic planning. Mr. Carlton has over 30 years of experience in domestic and international freight transportation issues. He 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 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. Mr. Carlton 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.