Hadden brings nearly 20 years of maritime experience to US port authority
Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has announced the appointment of Deborah Hadden as its new port director.
In her new role, Hadden will be responsible for directing the planning, development, marketing, operation, security, financial management, administration, and maintenance of Massport’s non-aviation properties in the Port of Boston.
Hadden has been acting port director since October, 2012, and was instrumental in achieving many successes in directing the Port of Boston in the last 10 months, including productivity gains at Conley Terminal, as part of successful negotiations with the International Longshoreman’s Association in a local contract. She also led successful negotiations with MSC, Conley’s busiest steamship line, and secured a new six-year agreement with COSCO.
“Maritime faces significant challenges and opportunities in the coming years, and we need to have a firm hand on the tiller,” said Massport CEO, Thomas Glynn.
“I am very pleased that Deb will be a critical member of the senior leadership team as Massport completes a strategic plan in the next year that will guide the Authority well into the future.”
Under Hadden’s leadership, plans to dredge Boston Harbor to 47 feet to accommodate larger ships continue to develop. The project received preliminary approval by the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board in May, which allows planning and design to move forward.
“I care greatly about the Port of Boston and the over 34,000 jobs that are supported by the Port,” said Hadden.
“I am excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”