The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced that Deborah A. “Deb” Hadden, deputy port director of properties and transportation, has become acting port director and will oversee all aspects of Massport’s maritime department.
Michael A. Leone, who had been Massport's port director for 14 years, retired last month.
In her new role, Hadden is responsible for the management and promotion of Massport’s maritime facilities, and other interests in the Port of Boston, including strategies for the development, marketing, operation and maintenance of Conley Container Terminal and Cruiseport Boston.
"Deb’s exemplary qualifications and leadership will serve us well. I know Deb will do an outstanding job with this very complex array of responsibilities during this transition.” said David S. Mackey, Massport’s interim chief executive officer.
Hadden brings more than 25 years of environmental and port industry experience to the new position. In addition to her acting status, she will still maintain her current role, where she is responsible for the development and leasing of Massport’s maritime properties, managing the Boston Harbor dredging projects in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, strategic planning for the port, the development and implementation of the Conley Terminal Clean Truck Program, and working to resolve various maritime environmental, transportation and land use planning issues.
In 2006, Hadden was named vice chair to the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Harbor, Navigation, and Environment Committee, later serving as chairman from 2008-2010. As chairman, she lead AAPA’s Port Sustainability Resolution and Guiding Principles, and the development of tools to help advance AAPA’s and individual port’s sustainability initiatives. She remains actively involved with the committee since 1996. - Chris Dupin