New Jersey has a new governor, and, separately, Garden State corporations are also witnessing a “changing of the baton” in many instances, as some corporate leaders retire – and others rise to new heights.
NJM Insurance Group, West Trenton, recently announced that President & Chief Executive Officer Bernie Flynn will retire on April 27, after a career at the company that spanned 25 years, including the past 10 as its leader. Mitch Livingston, NJM’s chief operating officer & general counsel, has been selected by the company’s Board of Directors to succeed Flynn, becoming only the ninth president in NJM’s 104-year history. “Bernie guided NJM through some challenging times during his 10-year tenure as CEO – including the Great Recession and Superstorm Sandy – ensuring every day that we honor our commitment to be there when our policyholders need us,” said Brian Neuwirth, chairman of NJM’s Board of Directors. “His commitment resonates throughout the company, and under his guidance NJM strengthened its national reputation for outstanding customer and claims service, while advancing the company’s already exceptionally strong capital position to ensure policyholders are well protected now and in the years to come.” “Leading a team that is so devoted to our customers, so faithful to our values, and so supportive of one another has been a remarkable privilege,” said Flynn. “Mitch and I have worked closely together in developing NJM’s vision for the future and strategic plan over the past several years. That experience, along with the expertise he’s gained in all aspects of the company as Chief Operating Officer, positions him to successfully build on NJM’s legacy.”
Biotechnology giant Celgene Corporation, Summit, announced that Executive Chairman Bob Hugin decided to retire from Celgene after 19 years of service and step down from the Celgene Board of Directors, effective February 5, 2018. Chief Executive Officer Mark Alles was appointed to the additional role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. “It has been a tremendous privilege to be part of Celgene’s growth and to help advance Celgene’s mission to serve patients through scientific breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer and other serious medical conditions,” Bob Hugin said.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the largest health insurer in the state, with headquarters in Newark, announced that Robert A. Marino would retire from the company at the end of 2017, after spending more than 40 years working in the Blue Cross Blue Shield system. Marino served as Horizon’s President and CEO since March 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in March 2012. Kevin P. Conlin succeeds Marino.
Virtua President and CEO Richard P. Miller also retired at the end of 2017, after leading the organization for 21 years. Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, former president of Medstar Harbor Hospital and senior vice president of MedStar Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, was named Miller’s successor.
Another executive move was seen with Amy B. Mansue, president of the Southern Region of RWJBarnabas Health, who was recently installed as chair of the board of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the state’s oldest and largest hospital and healthcare advocacy organization.
In the higher education arena, Merodie A. Hancock, Ph.D., was unanimously elected the fourth president of Thomas Edison State University by the institution’s Board of Trustees at a special board meeting. She will take office on March 5. Dr. George A. Pruitt, who will officially leave office after serving as Thomas Edison’s president for 35 years, praised the board’s selection for the institution’s new president.