Farmington—Vista Outdoor Inc. has named Miguel “Mick” Lopez as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective April 16, 2018. Lopez has over 30 years of experience in finance, operations and strategy, driving process improvements in both publicly traded and private companies. His background includes corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, investor relations, strategic planning and risk management. He will have oversight and leadership for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all financial- and IT-related activities for the company. Lopez most recently served as the CFO of Veritas Technologies, an international data management company, from 2016 to 2017, where he led initiatives to drive profitability through portfolio and operational improvements. Prior to joining Veritas Technologies, he was the CFO for Harris Corporation where he played an integral role in reshaping the corporate strategy, which resulted in the $3 billion acquisition of Exelis Inc. From 2011 to 2014, he was the CFO for Aricent Group/KKR Private Equity, where he drove initiatives focused on improving profitability, leverage position and global tax structure. He has held increasing roles of responsibility at companies such as Cisco Systems, Tyco International, IBM and KPMG. Lopez earned a double major in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University, and an MBA, specializing in Finance, from the University of Chicago. He is a certified public accountant.
Salt Lake City—ProLung, Inc. is focused on making a difference in time for lung cancer patients with its innovative predictive analytics technology and non-invasive tests for the risk stratification of indeterminate pulmonary nodules. ProLung announces the appointment of Mark V. Anderson, CPA as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining ProLung, Anderson was most recently a partner with Eide Bailly LLP and previously a partner with Hansen, Barnett and Maxwell which was acquired by Eide Bailly LLP. His roles included Quality Control Director and Engagement Partner for various public and private companies in healthcare and other industries. Anderson is currently the Chairman of the Accounting and Audit Issues Committee for the Utah Association of CPA’s. Anderson is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from Weber State University.
Salt Lake City—The commercial real estate firm CBRE, Inc. announced that Lloyd E. Allen, J.D. has been appointed managing director for the Salt Lake City office. In this role, Allen will oversee all business lines for the CBRE operation in Utah. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the University of Utah, Allen obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He has spent most of his professional experience in law where he has served as general and corporate counsel, worked in private practice and taught law as an adjunct professor. In 2006 Allen transitioned to commercial real estate where he has worked in various capacities. Most recently Allen served as sales director and principal broker of CBRE’s Salt Lake City operations. CBRE has a significant presence in the Utah market providing a variety of services, including brokerage, capital markets, valuation & appraisal, asset services, debt & structured finance, global workplace solutions, project management and construction management solutions.
Salt Lake City—CHG Healthcare, the nation’s largest privately held healthcare staffing company, has named Rob Millard its new Chief Financial Officer. Millard has an impressive background in banking and financial services, serving most recently as CFO at Earnest Inc. in San Francisco. Before Earnest, Millard spent 12 years at Arthur Andersen in New York and 14 years at GE Capital Bank in Salt Lake City. Millard succeeds Sean Dailey, who announced his retirement earlier this year after two decades with the company.
Salt Lake City—Wasatch Advisors, Inc. announces the planned departure of Founder and Chairman Sam Stewart, who will leave to join Seven Canyons Advisors, LLC—an SEC-registered investment advisor recently established by members of his family. Josh Stewart, son of Sam Stewart, will also depart Wasatch to join the new family-owned firm. In addition to the departures, Wasatch Funds announced it has approved a plan to merge the two Wasatch funds currently managed by Sam and Josh into two new funds with similar objectives and strategies managed by Josh and Sam at their new family-owned firm. Shareholders are not expected to experience a taxable transaction under the plan of merger that was approved. The Wasatch Funds Board of Trustees approved the merger plan, concluding it would be in the best interests of the shareholders of the Wasatch Strategic Income Fund and the Wasatch World Innovators Fund. It is anticipated the merger will occur during the 3rd quarter of 2018. Sam and Josh will remain employees of Wasatch Advisors and will manage the funds until the merger is completed. Sam Stewart founded Wasatch Advisors in 1975 and has served as a portfolio manager and the firm’s Chairman since that time. Through 2009, Sam also served as the firm’s CEO. Josh Stewart joined Wasatch full-time in 2006. Sam and Josh were not equity holders as of December 31, 2017. Wasatch is and will remain independent and 100 percent employee-owned with no significant ownership changes as a result of these departures. A majority of the firm’s equity is owned by members of the global equity research team, which is comprised of 34 portfolio managers and analysts. Wasatch Advisors previously repurchased Sam Stewart’s equity through its standard equity recycling program.
Salt Lake City—Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that attorney John W. Andrews, former chief legal counsel and associate director for the State of Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), has joined the Salt Lake City office as counsel in the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice group. Andrews brings to Snell & Wilmer more than 30 years of experience in public lands, real estate, minerals and Native American law issues. He is recognized for his work in real estate issues involving federal public lands, particularly federal land exchanges and dispositions. During his 20 years at SITLA, Andrews directed federal legislative efforts to acquire hundreds of thousands of acres of mineral lands for Utah’s state school trust, while also providing legal representation in areas as diverse as renewable energy leasing, real estate entitlement and development, coal, hardrock mineral oil and gas leasing, eminent domain matters, environmental regulation, mineral royalty disputes, federal land planning, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) matters and negotiations with Indian tribes. Prior to SITLA, Andrews was a shareholder in the Salt Lake City law firm Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy. Andrews currently serves on the Royalty Policy Committee for the U.S. Department of the Interior where he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in 2017. In his committee role, Andrews advises on policy and strategies to improve management of federal and American Indian mineral revenue programs. Andrews is also trustee-at-large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, whose mission is to advance the understanding of law and issues of mineral, energy and water resources. Andrews has been recognized as a 2018 Utah Legal Elite in the Government Lawyers category by Utah Business magazine. He earned his J.D. from The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and his B.A. from Colby College.
Salt Lake City—Dr. Deborah Eldridge has joined Western Governors University (WGU) as Academic Vice President, Teachers College. Eldridge will lead program strategy, curriculum development, accreditation, and licensure for the online Teachers College, which offers programs leading to teacher licensure as well as graduate programs for teachers. WGU’s Teachers College is one of the largest in the country, with more than 20,000 enrolled students in all 50 states. Before coming to WGU, Eldridge was a Senior Vice President at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the governing body that formed from the merger of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). While serving in that role, she drafted the preliminary policies and procedures of CAEP and provided overall administration for all accreditation operations. Prior to her work at CAEP, Eldridge was engaged in teacher preparation as a professor of literacy education, department chair of Curriculum and Instruction at Hunter College and Montclair State University, an Associate Dean responsible for accreditation at Hunter College, and then Dean of Education at Lehman College of the City University of New York. She was the primary author of two Teacher Quality Partnership grants/awards from the United States Department of Education: one for Lehman College and one for the American Museum of Natural History. Eldridge is a nationally recognized presenter on accreditation, and is the author of numerous books and articles on teacher preparation and accreditation.