New Jersey CEO Council

A coalition of CEOs from some of the state’s largest and most widely recognized companies selected to further enhance Choose New Jersey’s ability to grow the state’s innovation economy.

Leading the Way in Innovation and Growth

The New Jersey CEO Council is a dynamic group of business leaders committed to fostering economic growth and innovation in the State. By leveraging their collective expertise and influence, the CEO council plays a pivotal role in shaping a prosperous future for the State’s economy. 

Aiding Communities

The New Jersey CEO Council is comprised of chief executives from New Jersey’s largest companies. The invite-only group was created in October 2020 as part of Governor Murphy’s Restart & Recovery Commission to aid communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic, focusing on communities of color. Now called the New Jersey CEO Council, the group has transitioned to a subset of the Choose New Jersey Board of Directors. It typically meets twice a year and is co-chaired by Charles Lowery of Prudential and Hans Vestberg of Verizon.

Advancing the Economy

The New Jersey CEO Council pledged to hire or train more than 30,000 residents by 2030 and spend an additional $250 million on procurement with State-based, diverse companies by 2025. They are also challenging their peers in the New Jersey business community to produce an additional 40,000 jobs and spend $250 million in local purchasing.

I share the excitement of the Governor and my fellow council members about the integration of the New Jersey CEO Council into Choose New Jersey. Both groups bring unique insights to the table that will advance our collective goal of generating economic mobility for New Jersey residents.”

Charles Lowrey,
Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial
Co-chair of the New Jersey CEO Council

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Charles Lowrey,
Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial
Co-chair of the New Jersey CEO Council

Lowrey Headshot

New Jersey has the 22nd largest economy in the world and I am proud to have worked alongside Governor Murphy and fellow executives to make sure that the state’s prosperity reaches all of the people who live and work here. We are committed to helping Choose New Jersey harness the power of the public and private sectors to bring rising living standards, economic mobility, and opportunity to everyone across the state.”

Hans Vestberg
Chairman and CEO of Verizon

Hans Vestberg

Hans Vestberg
Chairman and CEO of Verizon

Hans Vestberg
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