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August 3, 2023

Massport CEO making leap to National Grid

Photo | Brad Kane Lisa Wieland became CEO and executive director of Massport in 2019.

The head of the Massachusetts Port Authority will leave in the fall for a high-ranking job at energy giant National Grid.

Massport CEO Lisa Wieland, who led the agency responsible for overseeing Logan Airport and the Port of Boston through the COVID-19 pandemic, will become president of New England business for National Grid starting in November, the company announced Thursday.

Her departure will end a 17-year tenure at Massport, including her stint as CEO that began in 2019.

Wieland previously worked at Bain & Company and CNN, and was Massport's maritime chief administrative officer and port director before becoming CEO. She oversaw a rebound in travel in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, managed infrastructure projects including the modernization of Logan's Terminal E, and helped launch a campaign to achieve net-zero carbon emissions at Massport by 2031.

At National Grid, Wieland will succeed Steve Woerner, who plans to leave at the end of the year.

"Lisa's experience working with government and community partners, and in large-scale infrastructure projects will bring real benefit to National Grid as we work to help Massachusetts achieve its net zero ambitions while delivering the safe and reliable flow of energy to our New England customers and communities," said National Grid CEO John Pettigrew.

Massport Board tapped aviation director Ed Freni to serve as interim CEO once Wieland leaves.

Wieland earned $417,609 in total pay last year, according to state records.

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