Mar 24, 2015 View All News


Lennon Register, former CFO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, becomes NJPAC’s new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Hayward, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera, assumes role as Vice President of Development

Newark, NJ (March 17, 2015) – New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) took a significant step in a forward-thinking restructuring of executive management by welcoming two new vice presidents to leadership staff, President and CEO John Schreiber announced today.

The arrivals of Lennon Register as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Lisa Hayward as Vice President of Development occur during a vital time of growth and innovation for NJPAC. The Arts Center will complete a three-year strategic plan on June 30 and commence a new, five-year plan on July 1 to reassess and articulate its mission and vision, including setting aggressive goals around arts education, programming and civic engagement.

Mr. Register begins his tenure at NJPAC on May 4, and Ms. Hayward joins NJPAC on April 13.  Mr. Register replaces and reports directly to Warren Tranquada, whose previously announced appointment as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer becomes effective with the arrival of Mr. Register.  Ms. Hayward reports to Peter H. Hansen, NJPAC’s Senior Vice President of Development.

“Lennon and Lisa bring to NJPAC professional excellence, demonstrated high standards, and the necessary management skills that will enhance the Arts Center’s status as one of the country’s leading performing arts centers,” said John Schreiber, NJPAC’s President and CEO. “Lennon’s work and leadership talents in two senior positions at the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority were exemplary and Lisa’s more than 20-year career as a senior development officer at the Met will bring us to new levels of fund-raising strategies and donor cultivation.  They are the right executives to help us deliver on the singular mission of inclusiveness that we pursue at NJPAC.  I am pleased to welcome both to the Arts Center’s senior management team.”

Lennon Register comes to NJPAC from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) where between 2008 and 2015 he held titles of Chief Financial Officer and Senior VP of Racing Operations.  During that time, his responsibilities included overseeing the financial operations for the East Rutherford complex and the Wildwood Convention Center, in addition to operational oversight at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  From 1985-1999, he was NJSEA’s VP of Finance before taking the CFO position at Pennwood Racing, LLC, a limited partnership formed to compete in New Jersey’s $635 million off-track and phone wagering market.  His contributions at Pennwood included overseeing major capital projects, including the construction of the state’s third off-track wagering facility, implementing operational productivity measures, and upgrading the company’s financial systems.  He previously worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse and was a senior analyst at Allstate Insurance Company.

Mr. Register earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of New Jersey and a Master’s degree in finance from Rutgers University.  Born and raised in Newark, he is a lifelong resident of Essex County. Mr. Register is an active board member of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex, which provides emergency shelter for homeless families.

Lisa Hayward comes to NJPAC from the Metropolitan Opera, where she began her career in 1994 working as Major Gifts Coordinator.  She later moved to positions as the Associate Director of Major Gifts, Director of the Met’s Patron Program and Director of Patron and Individual Giving.  At the Met, she supervised all membership programs and individual giving, and oversaw 10 direct reports as well as the Met’s telefunding division, which collectively brings in more than $27 million annually.  In addition, she was responsible for cultivating her own portfolio of donors. 

Prior to her work at the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Hayward served as Development Coordinator of the Spanish Institute from 1991-1994.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and Spanish from Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  Ms. Hayward is a resident of Nutley, New Jersey.


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.  NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city.  Through extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.  NJPAC has attracted more than 9 million visitors (plus more than 1 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.