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FamilySearch International, which operates the FamilySearch.org free
genealogy website, will have a new chief executive officer. Starting Jan. 2, 2012,
Dennis C. Brimhall will succeed Jay L. Verkler as CEO of FamilySearch.
Verkler will assist with the transition for several months as a consultant.
FamilySearch regularly rotates its senior leaders, according to yesterday’s
Under Verkler’s decade of leadership, FamilySearch has become a genealogy industry
leader in enhancing online access to genealogy records through technological innovation
and partnerships with genealogy businesses, records repositories and societies. Especially
notable has been the FamilySearch
Indexing project, which has mobilized tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide
to index digitized records, making them searchable online.
Brimhall has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors FamilySearch. Before that, he was 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,” he says.