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Massport Board Votes to Approve Port Director

[ November 23, 2019   //   ]

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board of Directors voted to make Michael Meyran the Authority’s Port Director, overseeing all Maritime business areas. Meyran has been with Massport for more than a decade as a Deputy Port Director and has been serving as Acting Port Director since Lisa Wieland took over as CEO in August. The search firm Shey Harding advised Massport on the recruitment for this position.

As Port Director, Meyran will lead all business planning and development, strategic initiatives, financial management, and the safety and security and day-to-day oversight of Massport’s Maritime division. He will also ensure the completion of several major initiatives already in motion, such as the Boston Harbor Dredging Project, the delivery of three new ship-to-shore cranes, and the completion of a new berth at Conley Container Terminal.

“In his time here at Massport, Mike has been instrumental in making the Port more competitive. He brought deep private sector experience in terminal management when he came to Massport 12 years ago, having worked in Europe and at the nation’s top two largest ports Los Angeles and Long Beach. In his role as Deputy Port Director, Mike helped to increase productivity, drive growth in our container and cruise businesses, and foster strong relationships with both labor partners and tenants,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “I am confident in Mike’s ability to continue Maritime’s success and I am proud to have him on my leadership team.”
Before joining Massport, Mike served as Senior General Manager of Operations for APMT Corporate HQ in the Netherlands, working on global terminal development and startups. Prior to that, he held the position of General Manager of Operations at APM Terminals/ A.P. Moller-Maersk in both Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA ports. At Massport, he has served as a Deputy Port Director in charge of operations since 2007.

This past June, Massport unveiled a report by Martin Associates, which shows the Port of Boston’s economic activity nearly doubled to $8.2 billion in 2018, up from $4.6 billion in 2012. Smart investments and partnerships throughout the Port have led to growth in jobs, business revenues, and tax contributions.

Businesses throughout the Commonwealth and New England rely on Boston’s Port to connect to the global economy. Conley Terminal has seen record growth in container volume five years in a row. Last year, the terminal set a new record handling nearly 300,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), boosting the Port of Boston’s national profile and ranking #20 in the American Association of Port Authorities’ Top U.S. Ports.

Flynn Cruiseport Boston continues to serve more passengers and cruise ships each year. During the 2019 cruise season, the Cruiseport welcomed over 402,000 visitors to Boston. The Massport owned facilities on the Boston Fish Pier are 100% leased, and new seafood processing facilities at the Massport Marine Terminal are under construction.

Meyran graduated from the State University of New York Oneonta with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. He is currently working on his MBA with UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School. Meyran is a Board member of the Boston Shipping Association, and is the Chair of the American Association of Port Authorities Operations Subcommittee.