Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FamilySearch Announces New CEO

Dennis Brimhall and wife Linda in 2005Earlier this afternoon FamilySearch International announced the appointment of Dennis Brimhall as Chief Executive Officer. Brimhall replaces Jay Verkler who has held the position for the past 10 years.

FamilySearch attributed the change to the practice of its sponsor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to regularly rotate senior management. The change is effective in January 2012, the tenth anniversary of Verkler’s presidency.

Verkler’s presidency has been characterized by his extensive technical expertise and the unprecedented shift in FamilySearch resources towards digital technologies.

Brimhall has 38 years of not-for-profit management and leadership, primarily in healthcare. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.1

Brimhall announced a focus of his presidency in his first statement to the public: “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.”

Brimhall currently lives in Englewood, Colorado2 where he works as Principle [sic] Consultant at Turning Point Health Advisors. Previous to that he was president and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital for 17 years.

Ecclesiastically Brimhall serves as an Area Seventy 3 in the 6th Quorum of the Seventy of the Church.4 In 2004 he served as a stake president in Denver, Colorado.5 In July 2005 he began service as a mission president in Louisville, Kentucky.6 In April 2009 he was called as an Area Seventy.

Brimhall was born in Provo, Utah to Delbert Creed and Elinor Brockbank Brimhall. His wife, Linda, is the daughter of Owen Mauss and Louise Nebeker Christensen.7

The entire text of the FamilySearch announcement is available online.


     1.  “Dennis Brimhall,” Linked in (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dennis-brimhall/16/653/412 : accessed 15 November 2011).
     2.  “New Leadership Changes,” Deseret News (http://www.deseretnews.com : 5 April 2009, accessed 15 November 2011), 4.
     3.  John L. Hart, “Two More Quorums are Created; Now Eight,” Church News: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (http://www.ldschurchnews.com : 7 May 2005, accessed 15 November 2011).
     4.  R. Scott Lloyd, “Quorums of the Seventy: Service to God,” Church News: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (http://www.ldschurchnews.com : 16 April 2011, accessed 15 November 2011).
     5.  Eric Gorski, “LDS Church Growing in Inner Cities,” Deseret News (http://www.deseretnews.com : 1 May 2004, accessed 15 November 2011).
     6.  “New Mission Presidents Begin Service,” Ensign, July 2005, 76; PDF images online, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [website] (http://www.lds.org : accessed 15 November 2011).
     7.  “New Mission Presidents,” Church News: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (http://www.ldschurchnews.com : 16 April 2005, accessed 15 November 2011).

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