CEO Biography

Thomas P. Glynn, PhD

Chief Executive Officer 


Thomas P. Glynn was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) effective November 1, 2012.

With nearly 40 years of executive experience, Glynn has led organizations in both the public and private sectors and at the state and federal level.

As head of Massport, Glynn oversees an 1,100-person agency that owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field in Bedford, Worcester Regional Airport, the Port of Boston’s Conley Container Terminal and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, and Massport-owned developments along the Boston Harbor waterfront. Massport’s annual $600 million operation is funded by the rates and charges the Authority collects from its facilities. It receives no state tax funding.

Since becoming CEO, Glynn has overseen the redesign and rationalization of the terminal curbs at Boston Logan, worked to increase Boston’s global reach with new nonstop service from Boston to Panama, Dubai, Istanbul and Beijing and spearheaded the effort to protect Boston’s working maritime tradition – and the thousands of good-paying blue collar jobs connected to the Port. Glynn also has promoted high occupancy vehicle use to and from Logan and improved relations with Massport’s neighbors.

Glynn first gained experience in transportation when Governor Michael Dukakis appointed him to be General Manager of the MBTA in 1989, where he took charge of agency with 7,000 employees serving nearly 680,000 daily commuters from 78 communities. Glynn’s experience as General Manager of Boston’s World Trade Center in the late 1980s also gave him familiarity with Massport’s real estate developments in Boston’s Seaport District, which now include the Seaport Hotel, East and West World Trade Center Office buildings, the Liberty Wharf and the development of the Marine Terminal for Boston’s fishing industry.

As Deputy U.S. Labor Secretary in the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 1996, Glynn and U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich were among the most active participants in Vice President Al Gore’s Reinventing Government initiative to streamline public sector services, receiving more awards than any other cabinet agency.

Prior to coming to Massport, Glynn was Chief Operating Officer of Partners HealthCare, an $8 billion network of teaching hospitals and neighborhood health centers that includes Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School. As COO for 14 years, Glynn oversaw more than 3,300 workers in an organization that made major strides to reach out to the surrounding community in areas of disease prevention, poverty and homelessness, improved healthcare access, youth education and workforce development.

Glynn had earlier served the Dukakis Administration as Deputy Welfare Commissioner from 1983 to 1988 where he helped develop and administer Governor Dukakis’s path-breaking “ET Choices” program that helped welfare recipients raise themselves out of poverty by achieving the education and training they needed to find gainful employment. Also, Glynn served as Executive Director of a White House Task Force on Youth Employment. Recently a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Glynn earned a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the Heller School at Brandeis University. He is a Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration.