Secretary Rick Brajer
Governor Pat McCrory appointed Rick Brajer* to serve as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), effective August 14, 2015.
A forward looking and ethically centered leader, Brajer brings to this role a deep sense of stewardship and a heart for service to the citizens of North Carolina. He believes that each individual is inherently blessed with talents, and the role of leadership is to release the potential of both the people and the organization.
Brajer comes to DHHS after two decades of serving in leadership roles in the healthcare and medical technology industries. These roles have ranged from change leader in public and private equity environments to entrepreneurial leader in a venture backed environment.
Most recently, Brajer served as CEO and director of ProNerve, Inc, an intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring company providing services to health care facilities and professionals in the United States.
From 2003 to 2013, he served as the CEO and director of LipoScience, Inc., a personalized diagnostics company which established a new clinical standard of care in cardiovascular management. From 1990 to 2002, Brajer held various leadership roles at Becton Dickinson and Company, in Europe and in the U.S., ultimately serving as Executive Officer and President of the company’s diagnostics sector.
From his 25 years of experience in health care, Brajer brings strengths in change leadership, shaping strategy, attracting and developing talent and putting in place the systems and culture that drive execution.
He places strong emphasis on accountability, collaboration and service and uses these values to build meaningful relationships and engagement with stakeholders.
Brajer earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He began his career with Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Company.
Brajer has been active in the community, serving most recently as chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.
He is the son of Yugoslavian immigrants, who spoke with immeasurable pride of being naturalized citizens of the United States - a country they believed (as does he) to be the greatest country on Earth.
*Pronunciation of Brajer rhymes with Major.