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"Thomas P. Glynn is choice to lead Massport" by Sean P. Murphy and Andrea Estes |
Globe Staff, September 13, 2012
Thomas P. Glynn, a longtime manager in high-profile public and
private sector positions, has been selected as the new chief executive
officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority, the powerful agency that
runs Logan Airport and the port of Boston, people familiar with the
The selection of Glynn, 66, of Belmont ends a 15-month search to fill
the post. The Massport board of directors is expected to vote on
Glynn’s appointment at its next meeting, on Sept. 20.
Glynn’s long career in public service includes stints as deputy
commissioner of the state Department of Public Welfare, MBTA general
manager, and the US deputy labor secretary. He served until recently as
chief operating officer of Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest
hospital network, which includes Massachusetts General Hospital and
Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Glynn, currently a public policy lecturer at Harvard’s John F.
Kennedy School of Government, could not be reached for comment. Michael
Angelini, the Massport board chairman, did not return calls. A spokesman
for Massport declined to comment.
Glynn would replace Thomas Kinton Jr., who announced his retirement in February 2011,
and left the job in June 2011, after more than 30 years at the agency.
Shortly before his departure, the board was due to vote on a $22,000
increase to Kinton’s $295,000 salary; Governor Deval Patrick, who
appoints the board members, blocked it.
Since then, David S. Mackey, Massport’s longtime general counsel, has served as acting chief executive.
The terms of the job offer to Glynn were not known outside a small group of Patrick administration and Massport insiders.
Recruiting a new chief executive has not been an easy process. At one
point a frustrated board replaced the recruiting firm
it had hired. One factor in prolonging the search may have been the
salary. Patrick has made significant cuts in the compensation offered
officials at several authorities, after ordering a review of pay and
perks at dozens of quasi-public agencies in 2010.
The battle over Kinton’s pay raise has
been widely viewed as the catalyst for his departure. When he left, he
was eligible for $459,000 in unused sick time and a pension of at least
$195,000 a year, fueling the controversy over excessive compensation....
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Though Glynn’s Massport salary has not been disclosed, it will be
considerably less than he earned at Partners HealthCare. According to
publicly available records, Glynn was paid $1.2 million by the hospital
network in 2010.
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