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Chris Roybal to Leave Governor's Office

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman announced today his Senior Economic Development Advisor Chris Roybal will end his tenure in the Office of the Governor to take a position as President and Chief Operating Officer at a Salt Lake-based transportation services company.

Roybal was one of Governor Huntsman's first appointments when he was elected in November 2004. He left as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah to serve on the Governor's senior staff.

"Chris has done the State of Utah a tremendous service by dedicating his talent and energy to bolstering our approach to economic development in Utah. He was instrumental in institutionalizing GOED and bringing about important programs like USTAR and Utah's World Trade Center," Governor Huntsman said. "I express my sincere thanks to him for his efforts and wish him well in his next step."

Roybal's position was created by Governor Huntsman as part of the transition process to focus on his economic development platform and implement the Governor's 10 Point Economic Revitalization Plan. Under Roybal, the Governor's Office of Economic Development was created with four main areas of concentration: to create, grow, recruit and promote Utah's economy. Additionally, Roybal worked to get legislation passed to create the Utah Science, Technology and Research program last legislative session and shepherded the process to create the World Trade Center Utah.

"It has been my privilege to serve Governor Huntsman these past two years," Roybal said. "My assignment was one of transition. We now have key action officers in all functions of economic development including tourism, recruitment, energy among others. It's now time to enter another phase of my career."

Roybal will join the privately-held Northwest Research Corporation as President and COO, a 250-employee company specializing in research and logistics work for major transportation-related companies. Roybal will transition out of the Governor's Office by Feb. 2.

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