As part of a realignment of executive team responsibilities, Ventas has appointed J. Justin Hutchens as executive vice president, senior housing, North America, effective April 1.
In this newly-created role, Hutchens will oversee Ventas’ senior housing business in North America, which includes over 700 properties that provide high-quality environments for approximately 60,000 seniors. Hutchens will serve on the company’s executive team and report to Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman and CEO.
Over more than 25 years of senior housing experience Hutchens has overseen operations of many complex portfolios of senior living communities and care homes. He most recently served as CEO of HC-One, where he led the company during a significant period of refinement and growth resulting in Britain’s largest residential and nursing care home operator with over 300 communities in England, Scotland and Wales. Prior to HC-One, he served as COO of Emeritus, a senior living company that was the largest operator of assisted living in the U.S. during his tenure; CEO, COO and president of National Health Investors; and president of HCP (now Healthpeak Properties, Inc.).
“Ventas is committed to the success of our Senior Housing business and the addition of Justin, an accomplished and experienced senior housing operator, will accelerate our ability to realize its significant upside potential,” Cafaro said.