The chief executive of the agency that oversees Boston's Logan International Airport has announced that he plans to step down in November after six years on the job.
Massachusetts Port Authority CEO Thomas Glynn announced the move Tuesday even though his contract runs through November 2019.
"This is a great job, but after six years and at the age of 72, I feel it is a good time to pass the baton to the next leader who will have the chance to lead a great team," said Glynn.
In addition to Logan, Massport oversees two other airports, three ship terminals and waterfront land. It has a staff of about 1,300 and an $800 million annual budget.
"Throughout his tenure leading Massport, Tom Glynn has been a tireless advocate for furthering the Commonwealth’s reputation as an international destination," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Tom’s hard work to expand service at Logan and the Commonwealth’s other transportation hubs has driven economic activity across Massachusetts, and I thank him for his years of dedication and service."
Since 2012, more than 20 new international nonstop destinations have been announced or started at Logan, including the Authority’s first flights to China, the Middle East and South America.
"Tom Glynn has done an exceptional job leading Massport, ensuring that Logan Airport is a good neighbor while at the same time growing the number of passengers and domestic and international destinations served," said Massport Board member and Massachusetts Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "And as the Seaport in Boston has expanded with offices and towers, Tom has made sure that Boston remained a viable place for traditional maritime industries supporting thousands of blue collar jobs at the container terminal, cruise port and in fish processing."
The authority's board met Wednesday to accept the resignation. The board will begin searching for his replacement which they say may extend beyond his departure date.