For Immediate Release - October 27, 2008

Governor Patrick Names MetroWest Businessman to Turnpike Board

BOSTON- Monday, October 27, 2008 - Governor Deval Patrick today swore in John R. Jenkins as a member of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Board.

Jenkins, 63, a Natick resident, is President of West Insurance Agency, INC., in Boston. He was previously Senior Vice President for Global Operations at the Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge, where he helped save the company millions of dollars through cost-saving efforts and efficiencies.

"John will offer a strong voice and years of experience in budget management at a critical time in the board's history," said Governor Patrick.

Jenkins earned his law degree from Suffolk University in 1978. He received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Jenkins will replace Thomas Stephens who stepped down from the board in August 2008, and he will serve a term of 5 years.

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