Laura J. Lane, an American Hero

I note that Laura Lane is leaving CitiGroup on good terms and starting a new phase of her career as Head of UPS Government Affairs. 200 countries, 90 employees. Full responsibility over UPS policy and government relations.

What you may not know is Laura Lane as a young foreign service officer in Rwanda personally saved hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Rwandans who had been targeted for murder. It was her first overseas assignment.

In 1994, while the rest of the world and indeed the entire US government stood aside, Laura assembled and led convoys of Rwandans from the capital city Kigali to the Uganda border.

By “led” I mean in the lead car, with checkpoints of crazed murders waving AK47′s every several blocks.

She made firm eye contact at each checkpoint, firmly stated she was going through, showed her American passport (often into the barrel of a gun) and quietly stated “drive on”.

Laura we will miss you in financial services and UPS is lucky to have you.

And America and Rwanda gives you our admiration and gratitude.

About Steve Bartlett

Steve Bartlett is President and CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable, and has served in that role since June 1999. Previously, he was the Mayor of Dallas, Texas (1991-95), a Member of the United States Congress (1983-91), and on the Dallas City Council (1977-81). At The Financial Services Roundtable, Mr. Bartlett has had a major impact on legislation including Gramm-Leach-Bliley, E-SIGN, the 2001-2003 Tax Cuts, the Fact Act (FCRA), Class Action Reform, consumer bankruptcy reform, regulatory reform and TARP.
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