FedEx Corporation’s Frederick W. Smith to Headline SAFE Summit

[March 22, 2023] Mr. Frederick W. Smith, the Founder and Executive Chairman of FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX), will share his perspective on the global energy and transportation transition during the first day of the SAFE Summit, which will be held on March 28-29, 2023, in Washington, D.C.

“In freeing America from overreliance on a volatile global market for oil, we must foster resilient and diverse supply chains for the resources needed to advance the next generation of automobile transportation,” said Mr. Smith.

The SAFE Summit aims to seize the historical moment provided by the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The two days of remarks, hosted interviews, panel discussions, and engagements will offer practical next solutions to build out robust and reliable supply chains and supporting infrastructure for electric vehicles and the broader energy transportation transition.

Mr. Smith will be interviewed in a fireside chat called “Strengthening Global Connections and Energy Security” during the summit’s first day morning session, scheduled for 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28,

After four years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, Mr. Smith launched the original air-ground Federal Express network, which began operations in 1973 to serve the rapidly growing high-tech, high-value-added sectors of the economy. The company has since grown into a global enterprise that serves more than 220 countries and territories.

In 2006, Mr. Smith joined with General P.X. Kelley, 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, to form the SAFE Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of business and former military leaders committed to reducing U.S. oil dependence. He would go on to serve as Chairman of SAFE (, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing alternative transportation fuel technologies, their critical supply chains, and supporting infrastructure. SAFE’s sister organization and summit co-host, the Electrification Coalition. develops and implements a broad set of strategies to facilitate widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Approximately 40 government and business leaders from the U.S. and internationally are confirmed to attend or speak at the summit, including White House Senior Advisor John Podesta, Senator Joe Manchin, Nissan Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta, Panasonic NA CEO Megan Myungwon Lee, Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton, and Gerard Barron, CEO of The Metals Company.

The summit will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.  To register and see a full list of speakers and sponsors, go to