NJII names Letson-Christofalo, Kaminski to leadership team

By Emily Bader
Newark | Apr 15, 2020 at 11:54 am

The New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT Corp., on Wednesday announced that it has named Dr. Deirdre Letson-Christofalo to vice president of its Human Capital Division and Dan Kaminski as vice president and general manager of data and technology.

Letson-Christofalo joins Newark-based NJII from Felician University where she served as dean of the School of Business and the Center for Innovation & Professional Studies. Before that, she was the vice president of Adult, Corporate and Online Education at Centenary University. She has also held leadership roles at several for- and not-for-profits. As head of the newly-created Human Capital division, Letson-Christofalo will be responsible for all executive education programming as well as developing adult continuing education programming to offer in conjunction with NJIT.

Kaminski, who will head the Data & Technology division at NJII, previously co-founded and was the chairman of Global Finance Links, an investment banking referral agent. He previously served as CEO and managing director of Marco Polo Group’s European operations. Before that, he was the director of venture financing at Lucent Technologies. He also founded several Israeli technology and data security companies. Kaminski also served on the Intellectual Property Committee at Stevens Institute of Technology and was a board member of the university’s Venture Center.

“We are so pleased to attract executives of this caliber to NJII,” NJII CEO Simon Nynens said. “Deidre and Dan have proven track records in their fields. I am confident they will grow our work in Human Capital and Data & Technology, which will compliment the four established divisions we have already in Healthcare, Biopharma, Entrepreneurship and Defense.”

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