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Denver Zoo launches search for new president and CEO

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Denver Zoo has launched a search for a new president and CEO as the tenure of interim leader Denny O’Malley nears its end.

Recruitment firm Isaacson, Miller has been hired by Denver Zoo to conduct the search for the new CEO. The organisation is looking for an experienced executive from the nonprofit sector. A background in zoos, conservation or science-based cultural leadership would be beneficial but is not essential.denver zoo logo

The new leader will be asked to develop and execute a new strategy, raise the zoo’s profile regionally and nationally, and secure adequate funding to match the organisation’s ambitions.

“Our next president and CEO will be instrumental in the zoo’s continued success as we strive to uphold our position as a world-class cultural and conservation organisation,” said Sherri Koelbel, chair of the Denver Zoological Foundation.

“We look forward to finding an inspirational, mission-driven leader who will provide vision and guidance and serve as a strong representative for the zoo and wildlife conservation for many years to come.”

The last permanent president and CEO of Denver Zoo was Shannon Block, who parted ways with the organisation in June 2017 after three and a half years in charge. Reasons for her departure were not disclosed.

Block was replaced by O’Malley, the former president and CEO of Craig Hospital, on an interim basis. His time in charge is due to end in June.

A full description of the position and links to submit applications or nominations can be found at Applications are requested by 4 May 2018.

Denver Zoo is home to 3,700 animals, representing more than 600 species. It is the most visited cultural destination in Colorado, serving more than 2 million people per year. In 2017, the zoo opened a new tiger exhibit that allows visitors to view the animals from multiple viewpoints and perspectives.

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Sam McCaffrey

Journalist. Likes immersive entertainment experiences, museums, zoos and the odd go on a Waltzer.

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