Theresa A. Foxley Joins Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Pete CodellaNews

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce that well known corporate attorney, Theresa A. Foxley, has joined GOED as managing director of corporate recruitment and business services.

As managing director of GOED’s business services pillar, Ms. Foxley will oversee all of the business development functions of incentives, government contracting, bonding and business resources.

“We constantly work to recruit the best and the brightest and after several years of effort, I’m thrilled to have Theresa join our GOED team.  Her willingness to step away from the private sector in order to serve the people of the State of Utah comes at an important time” said Spencer Eccles, executive director of GOED.  “Theresa’s prior background with this office and her diverse private sector experience make her the ideal person to help our Utah-based businesses grow and to recruit companies from around the world that line up with Governor Herbert’s economic vision.”

Most recently, Ms. Foxley was a business and finance attorney with, the Salt Lake office of Ballard Spahr, a law firm with 14 offices nationwide, where she represented a diverse set of clients on corporate and financial matters including mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Foxley has also served as corporate counsel to a venture-funded company, during its acquisition by and integration with, a larger publicly traded company.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Foxley worked as a team member in the corporate recruitment and business services office of GOED where she managed corporate incentives and worked closely with many of the office’s public and private partners.

Ms. Foxley will succeed the former managing director for corporate recruitment and business services, Christopher Conabee.  GOED executive director, Spencer Eccles recruited Mr. Conabee, who stepped out of the private sector originally for a two year commitment, but at Mr. Eccles request, extended his service for an additional year.

Mr. Conabee’s oversight of the corporate recruitment and business services office occurred during one of the most challenging periods in the country’s economic cycle. In Utah, the effects of the national recession were partially mitigated because of his efforts as Utah enjoyed continued growth despite the national recession. The recruitment and expansion of some iconic corporate names in the state such as Boeing, Workday, Family Dollar and OOCL were all completed during Mr. Conabee’s service.