Penny Naas is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. An experienced global leader, Naas leads teams in the development and execution of strategies in complex, regulated environments. Naas was most recently UPS president for international public affairs and global sustainability, based in Washington, DC and previously in Brussels. In that role, she led efforts to advance strategies for UPS and its customers on issues including climate change, cross-border trade, and digitalization. Naas began her UPS career in May 2012, joining as the head of public affairs for UPS’s work in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Prior to joining UPS, Naas worked for Citigroup in the Global Government Affairs team from 2006 to 2012. She moved to Europe in 2007 and opened Citigroup’s first government affairs office in Brussels, where she advanced legislative and regulatory strategies on issues that arose after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Naas started her career at the US Department of Commerce, where she worked for thirteen years in various roles covering global commercial issues. Her final role was to lead the office of Europe, where she oversaw US-European commercial issues.

Naas is an experienced director on various not-for-profit boards of directors. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.