Thomas J. Kinton Jr., the chief executive officer and executive director of the Massachusetts Port Authority
, a 1,200-person agency with more than $500 million in annual revenue derived from owning and operating Boston Logan International Airport
, two other airports, the public terminals in the Port of Boston
, and hundreds of acres of real estate, announced in a letter to employees that he was retiring from the Authority to pursue other interests.
With Kinton’s departure, effective June 1, Massport will lose a leader with unrivaled understanding of Massport and how its facilities operate. The Winchester, Mass. resident came to Massport in 1976 filling a temporary job in the engineering department; he held numerous positions in the aviation department, before becoming aviation director in 1993. As aviation director, Kinton was responsible for Logan, Hanscom Field and managing Worcester Regional Airport
. When he was appointed CEO in 2006, he took on the added responsibility of the cruise and container terminals in the port, the Tobin Bridge
, and real estate development