Iftikhar Ahmad


Evan Matthews

Ports in Southern New England are getting new leadership. Iftikhar Ahmad is flying in as the new director of T.F Green Airport in Rhode Island. Ahmad was most recently the CEO at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, after “flights” at airports in Houston, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

In Connecticut, Evan Matthews will be steering the Connecticut Port Authority as its new executive director. Matthews was previously port director for the Quonset Development Corporation in Rhode Island.

The Connecticut Port Authority is a quasi-public agency created in 2014 and is responsible for marketing and coordinating the development of the state’s ports and maritime economy. 

Connecticut is home to three deepwater ports:  Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London. According to a study published in 2010 by the Connecticut Maritime Coalition, prior to the onset of the “Great Recession.” Connecticut’s maritime industry contributed more than $5 billion to the state’s economy and employed more than 30,000 people.

The Authority cites a Connecticut  Department of Economic and Community Development analysis that found the industry has rebounded from the recession, now employing slightly more than 30,000 people.