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Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & Chief Executive Officer

I want to take an opportunity to recognize Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Tom Kinton, whose 35-year career of dedicated and distinguished public service to the Massachusetts Port Authority, and to the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will come to a close at the end of this month.  Today’s Massport Board meeting is Tom’s last in his role as our Executive Director and CEO.

Kinton, Tom Like many of you, I have known and worked with Tom for over 20 years on issues large and small.  In that time, I have come to know him as countless others in this industry have: a consummate professional with a well-earned reputation for excellence.  Proud of his role as Massport’s first-ever “home-grown” CEO, Tom has, over his career, played a central role in the modernization of our transportation infrastructure that has transformed Logan Airport and the Port of Boston into the world-class facilities they are today.  He has also been a leader in the unique and sensitive issues we have at Hanscom Field, and has been a great partner with us at the DOT by helping to implement the 2009 transportation reform law pursuant to which Massport yielded control of the Tobin Memorial Bridge, New England’s largest, and acquired title to Worcester Regional Airport.  While his tenure at Massport draws to a close in the coming weeks, his invaluable service to Massachusetts will leave a legacy that he and the other employees at Massport can be proud of.

For all of that, on behalf of Governor Patrick and Lt. Governor Murray, on behalf of the current Board and the past Chairs of Massport over the past thirty-five years – James A. Fay, Bob Weinberg, Richard Giesser, Mark Robinson, and John Quelch, and on behalf of the men and women employed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, thank you Tom for your service and for your leadership, and we wish you the best in all your future endeavors.

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