Park City—Sentient Lasers, a Utah-based leader in the pre-owned aesthetic laser industry, announced the addition of John Heskett as Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Heskett will be responsible for day-to-day business operations, growth strategy, workforce leadership and management, and ensuring operational excellence across the company. Prior to joining Sentient Lasers, Heskett spent nearly 20 years as an officer with Huntsman Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemical products. There, he managed the organization’s global treasury function, including all capital markets and financing, cash management, foreign exchange, credit control and insurance activities. Heskett graduated from University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance. In his free time, Heskett enjoys cheering on the Fighting Irish as well as skiing in the mountains and exploring the trout streams of Northern Utah. Heskett will be based in the company’s Kamas headquarters, located at 128 W 320 So, Suite 106, Kamas, UT, 84036.
Salt Lake City—Tore Steen, founder and chairman of The Utah 1033 Foundation, announced the appointment of Dave Kaufman as President of the Utah 1033 Foundation and Stephen D. Taylor as a director on the Governing Board. Kaufman came to Utah in 2007 after a 10-year career as a marketing executive with Intel Corporation where he managed a team responsible for nearly $5 billion in annual revenue. Kaufman is also the former Head of School at The Winter Sports School in Park City, a secondary school dedicated to preparing young winter athletes for college. He took the helm of the Winter Sports School in early 2013, where he managed the school’s transition from a private, tuition-based institution to a public Utah Charter School, almost tripling its enrollment and making its education model available to all Utahns. Taylor is a former financial services executive with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Since leaving his last executive financial services position in 1997, Taylor has begun a second career as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. He is an avid motorcyclist who has completed tours in the Western United States and all over the world. Taylor graduated from Brigham Young University and received a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School. Taylor currently works as a private investor. Mona Steen, Founder, will step down as interim executive director.
Lehi—Ancestry announced that, after 12 years of leading the company, Chief Executive Officer, Tim Sullivan is stepping down and will transition to Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, effective October 1. In his time as CEO, Sullivan has built the company into the recognized world leader in family history, overseen its transformation into the world’s largest consumer genomics provider, and grown revenues to what is expected to be in excess of $1 billion for the full year 2017. Howard Hochhauser, the company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2009 and Chief Operating Officer since 2012, will assume the role of interim CEO as the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement. Since Sullivan joined Ancestry as CEO in 2005, the company has taken family history and consumer genomics mainstream. Today, Ancestry is a powerful and trusted brand that inspires a curiosity for self-discovery. Over his tenure, Ancestry revenues have grown from $140 million to more than $1 billion projected for the full year 2017, and more than five million people have taken the AncestryDNA test, making it the most popular consumer genomics product in the world. Over these years, the company also expanded internationally, established and grew a San Francisco office to complement its Utah headquarters, and today employs almost 1600 people. Ancestry’s Board of Directors will be conducting a thorough external search for CEO candidates. Ancestry also announced that Sriram Thiagarajan is joining to lead IT strategy and operations as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Thiagarajan brings more than 20 years of leadership history in global technology organizations. His experience overseeing the development, management, and utilization of infrastructure architectures, applications, and tools will be critical as Ancestry continues its global expansion and grows its employee base. In particular, Ancestry will benefit from Thiagarajan’s experience in standardizing IT systems and defining a clear and executable global information technology strategy. He will also bring a deep history in corporate information security, which is of particular importance to Ancestry given the high priority the company places on ensuring the privacy and safety of its customers’ data. Sriram joins Ancestry from Infoblox, where he was SVP & CIO and responsible for information security, network operations, infrastructure management, business applications, collaboration tools, and employee support services. Prior roles include Head of Global IT at Twitter, where he was responsible for infrastructure, enterprise applications, and collaboration tools. He was also Vice President of IT at Yahoo!, where he managed corporate IT systems and the payments infrastructure platform. He also has held leadership roles at Verisign and Ernst & Young.
Orem—Jive Communications, Inc., the highest customer-rated VoIP solution, announced the hiring of Pablo Gargiulo, formerly Chief Customer Officer and President of Global Sales and Services at Imagine Communications, as Jive’s Chief Revenue Officer. Gargiulo is entrusted with generating new growth following one of Jive’s biggest years to date. Jive Communications provides cloud-based phone systems and Unified Communications services to businesses and public sector institutions requiring a scalable platform that is more flexible and cost-effective than their existing legacy systems. Gargiulo brings to Jive over 25 years of experience as a sales, operations, and marketing executive. He also brings leadership that expanded companies from $20M to $750M.
Salt Lake City—TRK Connection, a leading provider of mortgage quality control and origination management solutions, announced it has promoted Colton Hansen to vice president of business development. In this new role, Hansen will be responsible for leading and executing company objectives for sales and marketing campaigns, implementing new technologies, and analyzing new opportunities. Prior to TRK, Hansen served as manager of vendor relations for Strategic Services Management (SSM Hub) and worked in a business development capacity for Salt Lake City-based Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. from 2009 to 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Utah.
Salt Lake City—Buckner, a multi-state regional insurance brokerage, is pleased to announce that Lance Butler has joined their team as Senior Vice President of Colorado. In this role, Butler will be responsible for managing the top line growth and development of Colorado. Butler brings more than 25 years of experience in large commercial accounts in addition to successfully managing sales teams. The Buckner Company, founded in 1936, is one of the West’s largest regional insurance brokerages, placing over $200,000,000 of insurance premiums through its five offices in Utah, Idaho and Colorado.