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New FamilySearch CEO announced

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 17 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Dennis C. Brimhall will be the new chief executive officer of FamilySearch International, succeeding Jay L. Verkler on Jan. 2. Verkler is expected to continue in a consulting capacity for a smooth transition.

During the past decade under Verkler's leadership, FamilySearch has shifted its vast stores of genealogical records and resources to a digital, worldwide, Internet-based focus. FamilySearch has developed partnerships with many genealogy and technology industry organizations, helping form a broad industry community including companies, societies and archives.

FamilySearch has helped make the world's historic records easier to access online, publishing more than 2.4 billion names in historic records at familysearch.org, including 870 collections from more than 50 countries indexed by more than 250,000 volunteers. During this period, FamilySearch has also created an unprecedented, free global service organization that engages more than 70,000 volunteers who provide needed local and online support to research patrons and the genealogical community. FamilySearch has pioneered genealogical search, record linkage, imaging, crowd-sourcing and digital preservation technologies.

"It has been a career highlight for me to work in such a significant and meaningful effort," Verkler said. "I have had the privilege to work with countless great individuals, organizations and companies, all striving to provide the best of user experiences."

Brimhall is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He recently served for 17 years as president and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver from 1988 until 2005.

"It has been a career highlight for me to work in such a significant and meaningful effort," Verkler said. "I have had the privilege to work with countless great individuals, organizations and companies, all striving to provide the best of user experiences."

Brimhall is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He recently served for 17 years as president and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver from 1988 until 2005.

"I am very excited to help lead the work of FamilySearch, to continue the great things that have been done and move forward in new directions as appropriate," Brimhall said. "FamilySearch provides services to millions of people worldwide. We really need to understand our customers' needs and satisfy them. Our focus will be to ensure that FamilySearch's customer experiences are really first rate."

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