West Orange, NJ, February 21, 2024 RWJBarnabas Health, the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, has appointed Lynda Markoe as Chief People Officer, effective immediately. In her new role, Ms. Markoe will be responsible for leading the system’s human resource function and spearheading the implementation of the department’s transformation initiative, “One HR.”


Reporting to Mark E. Manigan, RWJBarnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Markoe will be an integral member of the executive team working with leadership to refine and leverage the health system’s people processes in line with the new organizational model and growing enterprise.  She will be instrumental in advancing a culture of kindness and accountability as reflected in RWJBarnabas Health’s mission.


Ms. Markoe joins the system with significant expertise in talent management and development, possesses substantial global experience, and is adept at guiding the human resource capabilities across multiple locations and changing business lifecycles.


“Lynda is a highly regarded human resources professional with more than thirty years of experience in the retail and consumer goods sectors,” said Mr. Manigan. “She has a proven track record of success, most recently as the Chief People and Culture Officer of Bed, Bath & Beyond, where she led the human resources during a time of rapid change and transformation. I am confident Lynda’s deep experience in retail and customer experience will serve us well.”


Prior to joining Bed, Bath & Beyond in 2020, Ms. Markoe held human resources roles of increasing responsibility at national apparel leaders such as J. Crew and Gap, Inc. She graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. She serves on the boards of several educational organizations.


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RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering eight counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, three acute care children’s hospitals, Children’s Specialized Hospital with a network of outpatient pediatric rehabilitation centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.


RWJBarnabas Health is among New Jersey’s largest private employers – with more than 41,000 employees and 9,000 physicians– and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health launched an affiliation with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. For more information, visit

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