Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget

In 2012, Kris Cox was appointed to her current position by Governor Gary Herbert and she has worked diligently to integrate operational excellence with the state’s management and budgeting practices. GOMB’s mission is to create more value for every tax dollar invested. Under Kris’ leadership, Utah improved government performance by more than 27 percent prior to January 2017, exceeding the 25 percent goal set by the Governor. The work to improve is never over and Utah’s state agencies continue to set new targets in an effort to continually improve performance. Kris recently co-authored the book “Stop Decorating the Fish.” The book is a business fable that teaches an important lesson about how to affect positive change in the workplace. The authors analyze how organizations can overlook the core issue when trying to solve problems. At the age of 11, Kris began to lose her vision due to a rare genetic eye disorder and all proceeds from the book are donated to the National Federation of the Blind.

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