FILE - Bad air in the Salt Lake Valley Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Clean Air Partnership announced Monday the selection of Thom Carter as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director.

“After an extensive search, we are excited to have Thom at the helm as we write UCAIR’s next chapter,” Steve Sands, chairman of the group’s board, said in a statement. “He has the skill set, talent and passion we were looking for in our next executive director, and we have every confidence that Thom is prepared to help UCAIR continue to work in partnership with our community to make a difference in Utah’s air quality.”

Carter replaces former UCAIR Executive Director Ted Wilson, who retired earlier this year.

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According to the statement, Carter brings a diverse background to the position, including work in the political and policy arena as well as international experience in professional sports.

In the policy world, he served from 2009 to 2011 on the elected Montgomery Township Committee in Somerset County, New Jersey, during the economic downturn. He has also worked on policy initiatives in New Jersey and Utah tied to health care and transportation, respectively.

His professional sports background includes helping grow Major League Baseball’s operations in Australia and helping to build a new indoor football league in the United States.