Douglas M. Browning
Principal, D M Browning & Associates, LLC
Former Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Douglas Browning is the Principal in D M Browning & Associates LLC, that provides consulting services in international trade, supply chain security, customs and border controls. Prior to forming this consultancy, he was Executive Vice President for STTAS, in the Washington, D.C. office, where he managed STTAS business development and sales efforts with respect to the continuing expansion of their trade compliance and efficiency, managed and consulting services, customs automation, modernization and supply chain security initiatives to foreign governments and multi-national business interests. He also served as “Of Counsel” to Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., STTAS’ affiliated law firm.
Prior to re-joining STTAS Mr. Browning was the Global Customs Director for General Motors Corporation where he lead a team of 155 customs professionals assigned to 4 regions who were responsible for ensuring that GM vehicles, parts and materials were globally entered in a timely, compliant and costs effective manner. From May 2005 to December 2011, he was the Senior Vice President for Global Customs Modernization and Border Security at STTAS, while also serving as General Counsel to STTAS and “Of Counsel” to Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Mr. Browning began his professional career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1976 as a general attorney in the Office of Regulations and Rulings. He rose through the ranks to become Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs, a post he held for eight years. In this position he was responsible for representing the interests of Customs to international organizations and managed the agency’s multi-lateral and bilateral relations. He was also responsible for managing all the Customs attaché offices globally. He also served as the Assistant Commissioner for Regulations and Rulings, during the time that organization began the initial process of designing the CROSS system. He was then tapped to serve as Deputy Commissioner, where he served through Customs’ reorganization into U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Browning was the Chief Operating Officer for CBP. His responsibilities included the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs, policies, and procedures relating to border security, law enforcement, trade compliance and facilitation, and administrative operations. He also represented CBP in policy and operational matters and negotiated on its behalf with international and national constituencies. He was Customs’ Modernization Executive, directing the implementation of the overall vision and program for agency-wide modernization.
Mr. Browning graduated from Hofstra University, School of Law with a J.D. (1976); obtained his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Arts and Sciences; and completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was admitted to practice with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Court of International Trade. Among other honors he is the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards – Distinguished and Meritorious Executive, the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Treasury Department Meritorious Service Award, IRS Commissioner’s Award, and is a member of the National Order of Merit (Republic of France). He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh, the Board of Visitors for the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and a Legacy Laureate at the University of Pittsburgh, and on the Advisory Board of the International Summit on Borders.