Massport Recruits Director for Business Development

 07 Dec 2017 10.18am

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), which oversees the Port of Boston, North America, has announced the hire of Lauren Gleason as the Authority’s new Deputy Port Director of Business Development.

Gleason’s appointment will support Massport in raising its profile in the cargo industry.

She has previously worked as the New England Sales Manager at now defunct South Korean company Hanjin Shipping, where she handled all sales, strategic initiatives, and operations for New England and Canada-based importers and exporters.

Prior to joining Massport, Gleason worked at Boston-based ecommerce company, Wayfair, building the foundation and groundwork for their international supply chain programme.

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Massport has announced that Gleason will handle developing the long-term sales and marketing strategies for all maritime initiatives, including containerized cargo as well as cruise tourism.

She will also provide support and promote strategic growth to the New England business community as well as implement initiatives to build and strengthen services, volumes, and targeted business development objectives.

In a statement, Massport said: “Gleason’s unique background of both ocean carrier and BCO experience brings a new perspective to the Port of Boston’s long-term strategic outlook on growth and development in a rapidly evolving industry.”

Gleason arrives at Massport during a period of growth for the Port Authority.

The authority reports that its Conley Terminal has achieved three consecutive record breaking years for volume, including over 256,000 TEUs in 2017—a 3.9% increase from 2016.

Read more: Conley Terminal handled more than 247,000 TEU over the course of the 2016 fiscal year, with growth in both import volume and export volume

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