Murray—Wasatch I.T., among Utah’s largest providers of outsourced I.T. services for small and medium-sized businesses, is proud to announce the hiring of Bahar Sharifan as president. Sharifan has enormous experience that will aid her in leading the company. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah, an MBA from Westminster College, and a Law Degree from Brigham Young University. Sharifan’s professional career is highlighted by numerous positions, including Assistant to the Senior Economic Advisor under Governor Jon M. Hunstman, Finance Director for U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and Director of Membership Services at Corporate Alliance. For the past 4 years Bahar has been practicing law.
Salt Lake City—Sorenson Media, the innovator and market leader of next generation television, today announced Greg Woodward as Chief Financial Officer. Woodward brings more than 15 years of experience to Sorenson Media, including corporate finance, operations management, financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations. Woodward’s appointment comes during a time of rapid growth for Sorenson Media. Within the past year, Sorenson Media has begun to roll out its Spark platform, which brings digital capabilities like real-time measurement, interactivity, and addressability to the scale and impact of broadcast television nationwide. Sorenson Media has also expanded its executive team by hiring Pat Nola as Chief Operating Officer and Pat Ivers as Chief Revenue Officer. In his new role, Woodward will oversee corporate finance, corporate development, accounting, investor relations and reporting for Sorenson Media. Woodward previously served as CFO and COO at Pluralsight, where he played an integral role in sustaining the company’s triple-digit growth. Within three years, Woodward helped the company grow from 36 employees to more than 600. In addition, he oversaw eight acquisitions totaling nearly $200 million in combined transactional value, and helped raise nearly $300 million in capital. Prior to Pluralsight, Woodward served as CFO of PermaPlate and as SVP in the Portfolio Group of Huntsman Gay Global Capital.
Salt Lake City—The law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless is pleased to announce that litigation attorney, Jeffrey J. Hunt, has been selected as president of the firm. Each April, the firm’s management succession plan identifies a new, qualified attorney to serve as president. Hunt has served as firm secretary for the past year and will now serve as president. Hunt practices in the area of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on First Amendment, media, and intellectual property law. Hunt has nearly 30 years of experience litigating complex commercial cases involving a wide variety of industries and legal issues, including copyright, trademark, and patent enforcement actions; injunctions; securities litigation; enforcement of restrictive covenants for employers, foreign litigation and arbitration; and real property litigation. He has served as lead counsel on several high-stakes litigation matters for national and local companies.
Salt Lake City—Bruce C. Kusch, PhD, has taken the reins as president of LDS Business College. LDSBC is one of four institutions of higher education operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kusch became the 13th president of the 130-year-old college on April 17, 2017. He replaces J. Lawrence Richards, who just completed eight years as president and 15 years as a teacher at the school. Kusch had been serving as Chief Academic Officer, with responsibility for faculty and academic programs. An official inauguration is anticipated later in the fall.
Salt Lake City—The Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports (SLCDA) Executive Director Maureen Riley has announced plans to retire June 30, 2017. Riley has served as the Airport director for the past 10 years. She was appointed to the position by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson in February 2007. Riley’s experience in both finance and construction has been a tremendous advantage for the City and has proved to be an asset for the development and design of The New SLC. Riley has been credited with gaining approval from the airlines that serve SLC for the Airport redevelopment and for creating a successful program to get the job done. Riley has more than 30 years of experience in working in the airport industry. As an airport consultant in the 1990s, she saw first-hand the inner workings of numerous airports across the country. Working as the Deputy Executive Director at Orlando International Airport provided Riley the added experience with airline relations, customer service strategy and public outreach. Riley has been active in the airport professional groups and served as chair of the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in 2016. ACI-NA is one of five global regions that comprises ACI World, a trade organization of airports from around the globe. She also served as a member of the ACI World Board of Directors from 2012 through 2016. Before joining the airport industry in 1986, Riley worked in public accounting for 11 years. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Public Accountant.
Silicon Slopes—Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning platform, announced the appointment of James Budge as chief financial officer. With more than 20 years of finance and operations experience in technology, cloud and enterprise software, Budge will leverage his extensive background to lead Pluralsight’s accounting, FP&A, tax, legal, data and information technology teams. He most recently served as CFO of Anaplan. Prior to Anaplan, Budge held the position of CFO and COO at Genesys where he oversaw a series of acquisitions that led to the tremendous growth in Genesys’ cloud-based business. Under his leadership, the company’s revenue grew from $500 million to $900 million, ultimately leading to the increase of its enterprise value from $800 million to $2.5 billion. Before that, Budge served as CFO and COO at TiVo (fka Rovi and Macrovision), guiding the company through acquisitions and divestitures and leading operational efficiency programs that transformed the company. His financial and operational expertise increased the company’s revenue from $250 million to more than $800 million and profits from $50 million to more than $350 million, driving enterprise value from $500 million to $7 billion.