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President and Chief Executive Officer Denver, CO

Denver Zoo has selected Bert Vescolani as their next president and CEO and will assume his new position mid-September 2018.

Vescolani comes from the Saint Louis Science Center, where he served as president and CEO for seven years. While presiding over the Saint Louis Science Center, Vescolani led the largest exhibit expansion in the center’s 30-year history. Vescolani also served six years as director of the John Ball Zoological Gardens in Michigan and previously worked for more than 14 years in various roles at Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium.

Vescolani is charged with fulfilling the long-term master plan, improving the campus and guest experience, and building on educational and conservation programs. He replaces Denny O’Malley, who has served as interim president and CEO since June 2017 . “Bert was chosen to lead Denver Zoo because of his depth and breadth of experience in both animal care and executive leadership, and for his tremendous energy and enthusiasm,” said Chair of the Denver Zoological Foundation Sherri Koelbel, who led the nationwide search effort. “We have full confidence that he will uphold our position as a world-class cultural and conservation organization, and provide strong, steady leadership through this exciting and pivotal period for the Zoo.”

Natalie Leonhard and Karen Wilcox led this search with Carmen Delehanty.


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