The Massachusetts Port Authority Board today unanimously elected MassDOT Transportation Secretary 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.
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 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, statutory, regulatory and financing issues in the transportation field.
Boston Logan 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.