Lauren Gleason

Massachusetts Port Authority

Deputy Port Director, Business Development

Lauren Gleason, Deputy Port Director of Business Development for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), has been in her current role since November 2017. Lauren is responsible for developing the long-term sales and marketing strategies for all maritime initiatives, including containerized cargo and cruise tourism. She promotes strategic growth to the New England business community and implements initiatives to build and strengthen services, volumes, cruise passengers, and targeted business development objectives. Lauren and her team are focused on expanding Massport’s footprint in both the cargo and cruise industries and improving the overall position of the Port of Boston on a global scale.

Lauren Gleason started her career in ocean freight transportation with Hanjin Shipping. She spent nearly six years as the New England Sales Manager and was responsible for increasing market share for Hanjin in the Northeast among New England and Canadian-based importers and exporters. Prior to joining Massport, Lauren worked at Wayfair building the foundation and groundwork for their international supply chain program. Lauren is the current Chairwoman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Committee.

Lauren is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, receiving dual degrees in Global Business Management and Spanish Language and Literature. 

Sessions With Lauren Gleason

Wednesday, 2 March

  • 11:00am - 11:45pm (EST) / 02/mar/2022 07:00 pm - 03/mar/2022 07:45 am

    Alternative Gateways as Options Amid Continuing Disruption

    With continuing congestion affecting major US container gateways, many shippers have turned their attention to alternative ports such as Boston, Jaxport, Philadelphia, and others that are not experiencing vessel backups and excessive numbers of containers on the yard, impacting productivity and flow. But questions persist about smaller ports’ ability to provide the necessary end-to-end infrastructure to support supply chains such as truck and chassis capacity and proximity to distribution centers. Boston, for example, cites the dredging of Boston Harbor to 47 feet, building its new Berth 10 with 3,300 feet of linear berth space, and three new ship-to-shore cranes able to accommodate 14,000 TEU vessels. Jaxport this summer will complete a $484 million project to deepen its channel to 47 feet, and construction is underway on $200 million in berth and terminal improvements at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island, while Ceres Terminals is investing an additional $15 million to modernize the port’s Dames Point facility. At Philadelphia, $1 billion in port-related infrastructure improvements is completed or underway, and truck turn times of under 50 minutes are typical for a dual move. In this TPM case study, representatives of the ports and customers will discuss how the ports can be seen as viable alternatives for shippers looking to diversify ports of entry.