BPDA’s Golden a finalist for Massport CEO position

Brian Golden. Chris Lovett photo

A Massachusetts Port Authority screening committee has recommended two finalists for the organization’s CEO position — and despite applying for the permanent role, acting CEO John Pranckevicius did not make the cut.

The committee named Lisa Wieland, Massport’s port director, and Brian Golden, director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency and a former state representative, as the finalists during a Board of Directors meeting last Thursday morning, according to a Massport press release.

More than 100 people submitted applications for the CEO position, the release said. Massport spokeswoman Jennifer Mehigan confirmed that Pranckevicius, who has been serving as the authority’s head on an interim basis since November, was among the applicants. Once a new CEO takes over, Pranckevicius will return to his previous role as Massport chief financial officer, according to the press release.

“Being the Acting CEO for Massport has been a tremendous professional and personal experience for me,” Pranckevicius said in the release. “I would like to thank both the Board for the opportunity and my fellow colleagues for their hard work and support. There are great things happening throughout the Authority and once the transition to the next CEO is completed, I am excited to jump back in as the Authority’s CFO and continue advancing Massport’s agenda.”

The Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Thurs., June 27, to vote on which of the two finalists to name the next CEO.

Thomas Glynn, resigned as CEO last August. Since January, a screening committee comprising Massport Board Chair Lew Evangelidis, senior board member Sean O’Brien, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, has been reviewing applications and meeting with candidates.

“More than one hundred candidates applied from a wide range of professional backgrounds in the private, public, government and non-profit sectors,” Evangelidis said in the press release. “We’re confident in recommending these finalists who have demonstrated the leadership skills to build on Massport’s recent successes and collaborate with the authority’s talented senior staff and many engaged stakeholders to ensure that the authority continues to benefit the Commonwealth’s economy, transportation system and neighboring communities.”

On Tuesday, Moody’s Investor Services rated Massport’s revenue bonds as Aa2, the third-highest level, citing above average growth and describing Logan International Airport as “among the strongest of Moody’s rated airports.”