Harold H. Shaw has extensive expertise in counterterrorism and cyber security
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board of Directors today voted to approve the hiring of Harold H. Shaw to the position of Chief Security Officer, overseeing the offices of Corporate Security and Emergency Preparedness. Shaw currently serves as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Division. He is a Massachusetts native, having grown up in Weymouth.
“Public safety is always the number one priority of Massport. Hank Shaw is a professional in the areas of counter terrorism and cyber security and already has the contacts and working relationships with a lot of the agencies we work with on a daily basis,” said Lew Evangelidis, Worcester County Sheriff and Massport Board Chairman. “I think he’ll be a great addition to the Massport team and will bring an invaluable expertise to the organization.”
Shaw has served the FBI in various roles since he began there in 1999. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, he was a key member working on that investigation and pursuing leads. In 2003, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and was detailed to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), where he served as a liaison between the FBI and CIA. In 2014, he was named Special Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Division of the New York Division. During his tenure in New York, Shaw led the world’s largest Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Shaw has led the Boston Division since 2015. The Division oversees FBI operations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine. While in Boston, he has served as the Director of National Intelligence’s representative for the New England Region.
“Safety and security of the passengers and employees who use our facilities is our top priority,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Airports remain a top target for terrorists worldwide. Hank’s extensive knowledge in this arena as well as his background in cyber security will help ensure our facilities and staff continue to be properly prepared well into the future.”
Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Norwich University. Prior to joining the FBI, Shaw served as an officer in the United States Army for more than nine years.
Shaw will begin in January and replaces George Naccara, who has served Massport in this role since 2014. Naccara had 12 years of experience at Logan as the TSA’s (Transportation Security Administration) Federal Security Director for the region before taking over Massport’s security operations. Naccara served in the Coast Guard for more than 30 years, earning the top rank of Rear Admiral, before joining the TSA in 2002.
Regarding Naccara’s Massport service Glynn added, “George has been a leader in making sure our emergency drills for active shooter scenarios and runway incidents are first rate and include agencies from across law enforcement and public safety. We thank him for his service.”