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People on the Move

People on the Move is your weekly roundup of hiring and other promotional news throughout the state.

Salt Lake City—Traeger Grills, inventor of the wood pellet grill, announced today that Todd Smith has joined the company as its chief marketing officer. Smith brings world-class experience in brand building and storytelling, which he will use to further elevate Traeger’s lifestyle brand and community. A savvy industry veteran with proven expertise in every element of product marketing and brand strategy, Smith joins Traeger following nearly seven years as the CMO for EXOS, a human performance company, during which the brand grew revenues over 5x. At EXOS, Smith headed up the company’s marketing and growth initiatives, including finding new audiences as a lifestyle brand and creating campaigns that shared the company’s story through content, social media, and integrated communications. Prior to EXOS, Smith held several key marketing positions at The Coca-Cola Company, including group brand director for glacéau Vitaminwater. He also worked in account management for CoolSavings and as a management consultant with Arthur Anderson. Smith holds a bachelor of science degree from Miami University and an MBA from The University of North Carolina.As Traeger’s new marketing chief, Smith will further strengthen and elevate Traeger’s well-loved brand and engage with the passionate community of Traeger users, who have come to expect only the best from the brand. As Traeger continues to increase its prominence and foothold in the grilling and outdoor cooking industry, Smith will also lead the next chapter of brand expansion efforts on a global scale, bringing the message of delicious, wood-fired food to a worldwide audience.

Salt Lake City—The commercial real estate firm CBRE, Inc. announced today that Jenna Ayre has joined its Salt Lake City office as an Associate. Focusing on the office sector, Jenna will work on Barb Johnson’s team assisting office occupier clients strategically build out and lease space along the Wasatch Front. Jenna has worked in the commercial real estate industry since 2006, where she began her career as an interior designer overseeing the full spectrum of interior build-outs. Working closely with landlords and tenants, she has led interior architecture studios, as well as directed projects from initial award through tenant occupancy. Most recently, Jenna worked as a Senior Project Manager at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Salt Lake City office. In addition to obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Jenna has also received the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification as well as a LEED, AP designation. The Salt Lake City office of CBRE opened in 1984 and has a significant presence in the Utah market providing a variety of services, including brokerage, capital markets, valuation & appraisal, property management, debt & structured finance, global workplace solutions, project management and construction management solutions.

Salt Lake City—Dustin Lipson has been named the new administrator of Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital and will oversee the hospital’s day-to-day operations in his new role. Lipson will work with Katy Welkie, who remains the CEO of Primary Children’s Hospital and will expand her role to oversee pediatrics throughout the Intermountain Healthcare system as the new vice president of children’s health. Lipson has worked as a Primary Children’s operations officer since 2013. In that role, Lipson was accountable for services including surgery, cardiology, imaging, laboratory, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation, and telehealth. Lipson helped develop new ways to bring Primary Children’s services closer to families in communities throughout the Primary Children’s 400,000-square-mile service area, which is one of the nation’s largest. Lipson joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2011 as an Intermountain fellow, after which he was hired as the director of healthcare transformation. He previously worked more than a decade at GE Capital in numerous national and global leadership roles. Welkie has served as administrator/CEO of Primary Children’s Hospital since 2012. She has more than 35 years of specialized experience in pediatrics at Intermountain Healthcare in roles including intensive care nurse, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer at Primary Children’s Hospital. Under her leadership, Primary Children’s Hospital accelerated its recognition as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The Primary Children’s network also has grown dramatically, bringing high quality pediatric care closer to home for children across the state of Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Alaska.