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Massport Board Elects New Chairman
Transportation Secretary Mullan to Head Board and Two New Members Join
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority Board unanimously elected MassDOT Transportation Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Mullan to head the seven-member board which oversees Massport, a financially independent authority which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport as well as real estate holdings and public parks in South Boston and East Boston.
Members of the Board are chosen by the Governor. The Transportation Secretary, by statute, is an ex officio member. The other members serve staggered seven year terms. The board members are not paid for their service to Massport. Mullan, who has been a Board Member since 2009, will replace John Quelch as Chairman. Quelch served for nearly nine years and resigned to become Dean of the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.
“I am honored to be elected Chairman of the Port Authority and appreciate the Board's support as we work together on behalf of the customers who depend on the essential transportation services provided by Massport," said Mullan. "Massport will continue to play a critical role moving forward in advancing Governor Patrick's attention to both job creation in the Commonwealth and transportation reform. Our stakeholders and customers should expect continued focus on safety, security and customer service."
Two board members, appointed by Gov. Patrick last month, sat on the board for the first time today. Michael Angelini is a partner in the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey and is the firm’s primary business advisor to a number of its largest clients. He has been called upon by the American Arbitration Association to mediate disputes. Douglas Husid is a partner at Goulston & Storrs with expertise in real estate development, public and private finance, as well as statutory, regulatory and financing issues in the transportation field. He served as Chief of Staff for the state’s transportation agency in the 1970s.
“I look forward to working with Chairman Mullan and Members Angelini and Husid as we continue make Massport facilities leaders in safety, security, customer service and environmental initiatives,’’ said Thomas J. Kinton Jr., Massport’s CEO & Executive Director.
Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 71 domestic and 29 international destinations and in 2010 handled 27.4 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.
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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.