By Bob Weiss, Travel Contributor

BOSTON (CBS) – Massport’s Board of Directors ended a 16-month national search Thursday by naming Thomas Glynn to a three-year term as CEO and Executive Director.

Glynn will receive an annual salary of $250,000 plus benefits. He will officially begin his new duties on November 1. More than 40 candidates were interviewed for the position.

bobweiss All Things Travel: Thomas Glynn Named Massport CEO

Bob Weiss, CBS Boston travel contributor

The board confirmed his appointment unanimously at its monthly meeting Thursday, noting his leadership experience and commitment to public service.

Glynn said he was looking forward to working with the 1,000 Massport employees and other companies associated with its facilities.

He also stressed his interest in getting to know the Massport team, a regional approach to transportation problems and working with the community.

He noted that he had never had a bad experience at Logan Airport and that was more than he could say about other airports.

“We cannot take for granted the success of the last five or ten years,” said Glynn looking ahead.

“The Northeast Corridor, once dominated by the airline shuttles, now has 75 percent of people traveling on Amtrak.”

Glynn is former General Manager of the MBTA and Chief Operating Officer of Partners Health Care.

Since leaving Partners, Glynn has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Massport told the MBTA that they will continue the free Silver Line service from Logan to South Station. Massport could not provide year-to-year figures to measure the success of this effort.

It was also announced that after 14-years, Port Director Mike Leone will retire at the end of the month. Deborah Hadden, currently Deputy Port Director, will serve as interim director while a search takes place.

Sean O’Brien is the newest member of the Massport Board appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. O’Brien is the President of Teamsters Local 25 and the Eastern Regional Vice President for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Bob Weiss reports on business travel on Mondays at 5:55 a.m. on WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

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