Buteas named new CEO of HINJ

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Chrissy Buteas has been named the new CEO of the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

Buteas, well-known and highly respected throughout the state for her work with the Home Care & Hospice Association as well as the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, succeeds longtime leader Dean Paranicas, who retired at the beginning of the month.

Buteas will begin in the role April 8.

HINJ officials feel Buteas’ dynamic and transformative leadership skills, experience and stature will enable her to leverage even further HINJ’s role in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and nationally as a key advocate for growing the life sciences as a pillar of New Jersey’s economy, protecting and expanding patient access and strengthening our state’s world-class innovation ecosystem in the face of ever-changing federal and state public policy environments.

“I am excited to join HINJ, an effective and well-respected organization with a proud legacy as the voice of New Jersey’s research-based biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies,” she said. “New Jersey is the cradle of the nation’s life sciences community, and, through the contributions of its companies, it has richly earned the reputation as the ‘medicine chest of the world.’

“The HINJ team is highly respected, and I look forward to working with them and our member companies to address the industry’s challenges and opportunities to benefit patients, and to ensure that we expand our state’s standing as a global life sciences leader where medical innovation can continue to flourish.”

HINJ Chair Chris Lepore, who also serves as a vice president at Johnson & Johnson, said Buteas was a perfect fit.

“We are very fortunate to have selected her as our new leader, a highly regarded and accomplished businessperson with statewide recognition,” he said. “Chrissy brings to HINJ an impressive record of success from her previous positions in health care as the head of the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey, as chief government affairs officer at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and, most recently, as vice president, government affairs, at Altice.

“These experiences will help to further enhance the mission of the organization and bolster the high-quality impact and work done on behalf of its members by the HINJ team.”

Buteas has long been active in a wide range of community activities, including board leadership roles with Middlesex College, the New Jersey Medical Assistance Advisory Council, the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, NACD New Jersey Chapter and the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, where she was recently appointed board chair.