Choose New Jersey, New Jersey’s leading nonprofit economic development organization, announced that Wesley Mathews will serve as President and CEO beginning February 2022. Mathews will succeed Jose Lozano, who has served as President and CEO of the organization since June 2018.
“Under Wesley Mathews’ leadership, Choose New Jersey will continue our important mission to strengthen and grow New Jersey’s economy and attract global businesses to our state,” said Ralph LaRossa, Chairman of Choose New Jersey and Chief Operating Officer of PSEG. “As Choose New Jersey makes the case to businesses around the world that New Jersey is the best place to do business, we believe that Wes’ extensive experience in foreign relations, international trade, investment, and business development will be invaluable in advancing our organization’s mission.”
A career diplomat, Mathews joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2008 and served at American embassies and consulates in India, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Pakistan, as well as in Washington, D.C. He most recently served at the U.S. embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the deputy economic counselor managing bilateral economic and energy policy. On loan from the U.S. Department of State from 2018 to 2019, Mathews established the State of New Jersey’s Office of International Trade and Investment at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
“As we rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to share New Jersey’s story of innovation and advance the state’s presence in global commerce and industry,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Wesley Mathews’ experience as an American diplomat, with New Jersey state government, and in the private sector will be instrumental in bringing new businesses and jobs to our state. We look forward to working with Wesley and Choose New Jersey to continue growing and strengthening New Jersey’s economy.”
As the director and vice president of the Office of International Trade and Investment, Mathews was instrumental in advancing New Jersey’s international reach, overseeing efforts to attract foreign direct investment to the state and promoting New Jersey as a premier business destination. Mathews was critical in opening markets and organizing trade missions to several countries. In addition, Mathews served as New Jersey’s liaison to the federal government on trade and investment issues.
“I want to thank the Choose New Jersey Board of Directors for this incredible opportunity to advance New Jersey’s economy and attract new businesses to our state,” said Mathews. “Under Governor Phil Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey is a major global contender for companies to grow and expand their businesses. I look forward to leveraging my experience to build upon the progress that Jose and the Choose New Jersey team made in recent years.”
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mathews worked in the private sector for Nortel Networks and FedEx in finance and business development roles. He is the recipient of several Department of State awards throughout his career, including multiple Superior Honor Awards for advancing U.S. economic diplomacy.
“Wes is an outstanding choice to be the next leader of Choose New Jersey, and I am looking forward to working with him to build upon the extraordinary partnership forged between Choose New Jersey under Jose Lozano’s leadership and the EDA during Gov. Murphy’s first term that led to so many successes for the state’s economy,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of New Jersey EDA. “When Wes was a part of our team at the EDA, he played a critical role in many of Choose New Jersey and EDA’s major initiatives, particularly Gov. Murphy’s successful trade missions to India, Germany and Israel – and with his breadth of diplomatic and commercial experiences I know he will be an extraordinary ambassador for New Jersey at home and abroad.”
Choose New Jersey is a privately funded 501 (c)(3) economic development organization with a mission to stimulate job creation and attract capital investment to New Jersey. Choose New Jersey markets New Jersey both domestically and internationally as the best place to grow a business in the United States. Knowledgeable, experienced staff, supported by a network of State agencies and private partners, provide free, confidential assistance to guide companies in establishing operations in New Jersey. By harnessing the power of business, labor, academic and government leaders, Choose New Jersey enables growth across all sectors of the State’s economy, aspiring to build a stronger and more prosperous New Jersey for all. To learn more, visit www.choosenj.com.