EDCUtah Announces Judd Cook as New Board Chair

September 21, 2023

The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) is pleased to announce that Judd Cook of Dominion Energy will serve as the new chair of EDCUtah's Board of Trustees for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. A lifelong resident of Utah, Cook is passionate about serving the community, and he brings a depth of leadership and strategic planning experience to the chair position. Cook has served on the board of trustees since 2022 and succeeds Gary Hoogeveen as chair.

“It was my pleasure to chair EDCUtah’s board of trustees during a year of incredible change,” said Hoogeveen, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power. “It was impressive to work with such a passionate and committed group of people on the visioning process that will guide EDCUtah through the coming years. I couldn’t be more thrilled with and confident in EDCUtah’s new CEO, Scott Cuthbertson, as well as the incoming board chair, Judd Cook.”

Cook is Dominion Energy’s vice president and general manager - Western distribution, gas distribution. In this role, which he assumed in 2022, Cook leads the company's western gas distribution operations serving over 1.2 million customers in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. In 2019, he was named director-gas operations and was responsible for all operations activities in the western U.S., including emergency response, technical service, construction, and system maintenance, as well as the activities of more than 300 employees across seven different regions. Cook joined Dominion Energy, formerly Questar Gas, in 1997 as a meter reader. He held several positions throughout his career, including working in the company’s data security group, the corporate audit group, and business development, as well as leadership and strategic planning positions.

“I’m excited to deepen my involvement with such a respected organization as EDCUtah,” said Cook. “EDCUtah’s executive team and staff are top-notch, and I look forward to supporting them as they continue their work—creating a prosperous and resilient economy for generations of Utahns.”

In addition, the EDCUtah board of trustees welcomes five new members: Utah County Commissioner Brandon Gordon, Brennen Brown of D.A. Davidson & Co., Josh Caldwell of Mortenson, Reed Laws with Your Employment Solutions, and Beth Holbrook with Utah Transit Authority.  

New ex officio members of the board include Brian Steed of the Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air; Derek Miller of the Salt Lake Chamber; Jonathan Freedman of World Trade Center Utah; and President Elizabeth Cantwell of Utah State University.

The following FY 2024 officer appointments were also approved by EDCUtah board members:

  • Tom Morgan of Zions Bank as the board’s private sector vice chair;
  • Utah County Commissioner Brandon Gordon as the board’s public sector vice chair; and
  • Gary Hoogeveen of Rocky Mountain Power as board secretary.

Learn more about EDCUtah’s board of trustees.

Scott Cuthbertson

President & CEO