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Pace University Names Johnson & Johnson Communicator as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President for University Relations

April 16, 2024

Hosseini has served in high-level leadership marketing and communications roles in the public and private sectors

Zachariah “Zach” Hosseini, chief marketing officer and vice president for University Relations
Zachariah “Zach” Hosseini, chief marketing officer and vice president for University Relations

Zachariah “Zach” Hosseini, a communications and marketing expert with a unique combination of business, higher education, and public sector experience, has joined Pace University as the chief marketing officer and vice president for University Relations.

Hosseini joins Pace from Johnson & Johnson, where he led communications for the company’s global life sciences incubator JLABS, and its venture capital arm JJDC. Prior to his time at the healthcare giant, he served as associate vice chancellor at Rutgers University where he shaped the global brand and reputation of Rutgers’ Big Ten campus in New Brunswick, N.J., as well as its academic health center, Rutgers Health. Before that he held communications roles at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

In making the announcement, Pace President Marvin Krislov cited Hosseini’s broad background in the private and public sectors and his experience elevating global brands.

“Zach’s accomplished career in communications and marketing will be a significant asset to Pace,” said President Krislov. “His experience, background, and leadership will play an important role in helping to further communicate the University’s message of Opportunitas, or creating opportunities for students, to a global audience. We are pleased that Pace will be able to benefit from his insight and expertise.”

In his role, Hosseini will be a key member of the president’s leadership team and will oversee the marketing, communications, and government affairs teams for the University and its campuses in New York City, Pleasantville, and White Plains. He began April 15, 2024.

Hosseini is joining Pace at an exciting time. The University is undergoing a more than $200 million transformation at 1 Pace Plaza, its central building in lower Manhattan, to include new academic spaces, a modernized residence hall, and a new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. It also comes as the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University was ranked the No.1 school in the country for environmental law by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth consecutive year, and as the school in May will be graduating its first class from its newest school, the Sands College of Performing Arts, among many other successes.

“It’s an honor to work with President Krislov to champion such a great institution,” said Hosseini. “Pace means so much to so many because it accelerates the lives and careers of its students, creates transformative experiences for them, and enhances the wellbeing of the communities it serves.

Hosseini graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a minor in international affairs. He has won numerous awards, including awards from The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, the Council on the Advancement and Support of Education, The Collegiate Advertising Awards and The Educational Digital Marketing Awards.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has been transforming the lives of its diverse students—academically, professionally, and socioeconomically. With campuses in New York City and Westchester County, Pace offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs to 13,600 students in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, Sands College of Performing Arts, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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