FedEx's Fred Smith Calls for Electrification of U.S. Transportation in a Speech to the National Press Club on Feb. 23

Feb. 11, 2009

WASHINGTON , Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frederick W. Smith , chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. and co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council, will address a National Press Club Luncheon on February 23rd in a speech titled "Confronting the Energy Threat: Electrification of Transportation as the Path Toward A Stronger Economy and Enhanced National Security."


Mr. Smith, who calls energy security one of the nation's greatest challenges, will discuss the relationship between volatile energy prices and the U.S. economic downturn. He will address a new study that forecasts the long-term economic impact of policies proposed by the council to increase energy security.

As founder of the second-largest U.S. package-shipping company, Mr. Smith was formerly chairman of the board of governors for the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Air Transport Association. Smith attended Yale University and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The National Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and Smith's remarks will begin just after 1:00 p.m. , followed by a question-and-answer session. Advance reservations should be made by contacting reservations at the National Press Club, or (202) 662-7501. Cost of luncheon admission is $17 for National Press Club members, $28 for their guests and $35 for general admission.

Credentialed press may cover this event with proper ID.

The National Press Club is located at 14th and F Streets, NW, one block west of Metro Center. For more information about the Club and its programs go to


The National Press Club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the Club has 3,500 members representing most major news organizations. Each year, the Club holds more than 2,000 events including news conferences, luncheons and panels, and more than 250,000 guests come through its doors.

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