CEO Shannon Block departs Denver Zoo with little explanation

Denver Zoo.
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Shannon Block, the Denver Zoo’s president and chief executive for the last three years, “is no longer leading the cultural institution,” according to a rather vague news release.

“Denver Zoo is operated by a strong management team and staff, and supported by dedicated volunteers and Trustees that are passionate about our mission and work,” said Sherri Koelbel, chair of the organization’s Board of Trustees, in the news release.

“Our culture of excellence will continue through this time of transition and beyond.”

The news release included no mention of why she was departing and no further comments on her time as leader.

Denny O’Malley, a past chair of the Denver Zoological Foundation Board, will take over as interim leader.

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