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 announcement.
Under Verklers 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.