AdvanceCT Welcomes Two New Board Members

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20 Jun 2024

Press Release, News

 Jeffrey Flaks and Peter Denious Join the AdvanceCT Board of Directors


New Haven, June 25th, 2024 – AdvanceCT is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Flaks and Peter Denious have joined our Board of Directors. 

A proud Connecticut native, Jeffrey A. Flaks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hartford HealthCare, a $6.2 billion transformative healthcare delivery system that provides care to more than 23,000 people daily. He has a master’s degree in health and services administration from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College.

“AdvanceCT will benefit greatly from Jeff’s experience integrating technology into large-scale operations,” said John Bourdeaux, President and CEO of AdvanceCT. “He is accustomed to managing a lot of moving parts to add organizational value – a skill that will greatly benefit our work at AdvanceCT. What is more, Jeff is a tireless advocate for Connecticut and committed to the state’s economic vibrancy, which aligns perfectly with our mission.”

"I am honored to join the Board of AdvanceCT and help Connecticut reinvent itself as a destination for new business,” said Jeffrey Flaks. “We have an ambitious path ahead of us, but I believe there is no better place for a business to grow and thrive and no better place to raise a family. I believe in AdvanceCT’s mission and the role the organization plays to help Connecticut’s economy thrive.”

Peter Denious is an investor and board member focused on emerging growth companies. He served as the founding CEO of AdvanceCT. Mr. Denious previously had a 17-year tenure at FLAG Capital Management and its successor, Aberdeen Standard Investments. He has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and an undergraduate degree from Trinity College.

“I am thrilled to have Peter back in a leadership role with AdvanceCT,” added Bourdeaux. “Peter has an intimate knowledge of our organization, how we operate, and what the challenges are. He will help steer us through the headwinds and add a great deal of value to the work we do. His counsel is invaluable to our team.”

“Since leaving my role as CEO of AdvanceCT, the time away has brought perspective that can only be achieved when stepping back from an organization,” said Peter Denious.  “I am looking forward to taking all that I experienced in my role at AdvanceCT and all that I have processed to assist John and the team as we continue to move the needle for Connecticut.” 

Flaks and Denious were officially voted onto the AdvanceCT board.


About AdvanceCT

AdvanceCT is a business-driven nonprofit that works to engage, retain, and recruit businesses to Connecticut. AdvanceCT collaborates with the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and our partners to implement high impact, equitable economic development. Our team advocates for and promotes Connecticut as a location for companies to compete and grow.

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