Tuesday, July 7, 2015

FamilySearch Announces New President

Steve Rockwood, upcoming FamilySearch president and CEOFamilySearch announced last week that Steve Rockwood will replace current president, Dennis C. Brimhall. Rockwood is currently director of the FamilySearch international division. He will assume the presidency on 1 October 2015.

“As president and CEO, Steve will bring a rich combination of management skills, customer focus, business acumen, and a can-do spirit that will build on the vision and work of Dennis Brimhall,” said Elder Allan F. Packer, Chairman of the Board.

Rockwood has built two companies from the ground up, culminating in acquisition by larger companies. His companies have worked with brands such as as MasterCard International, AT&T, Disney, Office Depot, and Citibank among others.

As the director of the International Division, Rockwood introduced the My Family booklet to FamilySearch employees back in 2013. (See “FamilySearch Annual Business Meeting.”) The booklet helps members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints start doing family history. It is utilized in areas throughout the world, particularly where computers are not readily available. (See “Announcing the My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together Booklet.”) The booklet is available in 32 languages for purchase or free download from the Church store. The booklet can also be filled out online.

Brimhall has served since January 2012. According to his biography on the RootsTech website, Brimhall will turn 67 in the days leading up to his retirement.

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