Monday, November 2, 2009

Mass Port's Leone Named Chair of AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities have appointed Michael A. Leone, port director of the Massachusetts Port Authority, as the 2009-2010 chair of the industry group's board. The AAPA represents over 150 port authorities in the Western Hemisphere.

Leone's formal installation occurred last week at the AAPA's 98th Annual Convention in Galveston, Texas. He succeeds 2008-2009 chair Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.

The new appointment distinguishes Leone as the first person to ever serve twice as chair of the AAPA board. He first held the chair position during the 2003-2004 term.

Named port director of the MPA in 1998, Leone previously served the MPA as legal counsel.

Prior to that, Leone served 22 years in the United States Coast Guard as both a legal counsel and military judge.

During his tenure at the AAPA, Leone will also serve as chair of the AAPA's U.S. delegation.