John Henshaw will become Executive Director of the Connecticut Port Authority on September 8, 2020. He previously served as Executive Director of the Maine Port Authority and Director of Ports and Marine Transportation at the Maine Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2017. Since 2017, he has worked in higher education at the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center and most recently served as Governor Janet Mills’ Personal Appointment to the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Portland, Maine.
Prior to his time at the Maine Port Authority, Henshaw was Director of eBusiness at Fairchild Semiconductor (now On Semiconductor). Before that, he was a co-founder and vice president of xStream Corporation, a software company that worked with Fortune 50 companies in the computer hardware and software industry developing software for sales and marketing applications. Earlier in his career, he served as Program Manager for Trade Development at the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
Henshaw was president of the North Atlantic Ports Association, a trade association of commercial seaports located between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Canadian Maritime Provinces, from 2016 to 2018, and is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives, an association dedicated to developing and maintaining professional standards in the maritime industry.
Throughout his professional career, he has served on numerous boards and committees that focus on economic development, the protection of the environment, and education. These organizations include the University of Southern Maine, where he co-chaired the Advocacy Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors from 2004 to 2007 and where he served on the Steering Committee of the Maine North Atlantic Institute, the Maine/New Hampshire Port Safety Forum (which he co-chaired with the US Coast Guard), the Portland Waterfront Alliance, the Maine International Trade Center, and the Maine Maritime Academy.
Henshaw holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.