Here is the press release announcing the appointment of Jason Perry as transition chief:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Lt. Governor Gary Herbert announced a critical step in ensuring a smooth transition to becoming Governor, tapping Jason P. Perry to head his transition team during a meeting with cabinet members today.
Lt. Governor Herbert is positioned to succeed Utah Governor Jon Huntsman pending his confirmation by the United States Senate as ambassador to China.
Perry has served as a member of the Governors Cabinet since March 2006 when he was appointed as Executive Director of the Utah Governors Office of Economic Development (GOED). Since that time, Perry has been instrumental in the recruitment and expansion of such companies as Amer Sports, Procter & Gamble, Disney Interactive, Goldman Sachs, Hershey, eBay, and many others. While at the helm of GOED, Jason has helped recruit and expand companies that will create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions in new state revenue.
I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Jason Perry as Transition Director. I am confident he will help me lay the foundation for a very successful and progressive administration. Our goal will be to continue the forward momentum we began five years ago upon taking office, said Lt. Governor Gary Herbert. Jason brings with him leadership and policy expertise and his years of state government experience abundantly qualify him for this position.
In accepting his new assignment, Perry said, Over the past five years, Utah has benefitted from the leadership and thoughtfulness of Lt. Governor Herbert. It has been an honor to work with him on legislation and initiatives that have been a part of driving Utahs economic engine.
In March 2009, Perry was named CEO of the Year in Government by Utah Business Magazine and in 2007 that same publication recognized him as one of Utahs 40 Under 40 to Watch. In 2007 Perry was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Utah Bar Association.
A graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, Perry completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University. He enjoys activities with his family and outdoor recreation, especially fly fishing in Sanpete County. Perry and his wife, Mary Catherine, make their home in Salt Lake City, along with their three children.
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