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Ventas’ Senior Housing Lead Takes on Additional Duties as CIO

J. Justin Hutchens, EVP, senior housing at healthcare REIT Ventas Inc., has been appointed to the additional role of CIO, effective immediately. In his expanded role, Hutchens will be responsible for Ventas’s capital allocation strategy and execution across the enterprise in addition to his current responsibility for the company’s Senior Housing portfolio.  

With more than 25 years of experience in both REITs and senior housing, Hutchens has significant investment and capital allocation expertise and a record of proven success. He has led Ventas’s Senior Housing business since joining the company in early 2020, with responsibility for more than 800 communities representing nearly half the company’s portfolio. Hutchens previously served as president and CIO of HCP and as CEO and president of National Health Investors.  

Hutchens will assume the responsibilities of John D. Cobb, who will be leaving the company. Cobb will stay on as an advisor until mid-February. 


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