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January 10, 2014

DENVER ZOOLOGICAL FOUNDATION SELECTS SHANNON BLOCK AS NEW ZOO CEO

Block Will Take the Helm of Colorado's Top Cultural Attraction As President/CEO in February

Denver, CO - After a nationwide search, the Denver Zoological Foundation Board of Trustees has selected Shannon Block to become the next President/CEO of Denver Zoo. As the CEO of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, the largest and most comprehensive provider of cancer care in Colorado, Block brings wide knowledge of strategic planning, business operations and revenue generation to the 117-year-old community jewel, Denver Zoo.

"Shannon was our selection committee's unanimous choice for CEO. Her global experience and progressive business roles combined with her passion, energy and innovative attitude made her the ideal candidate," says Denver Zoological Foundation Board President Denny O'Malley. "Denver Zoo is a treasure that inspires wonder and awe in our community every day. I look forward to becoming a member of the Denver Zoo team and being able to work closely with the animals. I see this as a unique opportunity to help shape a chapter in the future of this exciting cultural organization," says Denver Zoo President/CEO Shannon Block.

As CEO of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Block is directly responsible for more than 600 employees across Colorado. Block's previous experience includes senior management at Denver Health Hospital Authority as Chief Business Development Officer. There, Block managed growth of a 500-bed hospital and was responsible for identifying and assessing strategic partnerships, strategic positioning, business opportunities and operational efficiencies. At Deloitte and Touche, Block served as Senior Manager of Global Innovation a position that managed the growth and operations related of multiple service lines across 30 different countries. There she managed more than $550 million in new client revenue. Additional experience includes her work at Pricewaterhousecoopers where she implemented the first data management practice for the company in Denver overseeing all aspects of ideation, commercialization and execution as it related to the service line.

The national search for Denver Zoo President/CEO began in summer of 2013. A committee of 10 Denver Zoological Foundation Board of Trustees and the zoo's VP of Human Resources and Employee Development unanimously selected Block as its top candidate after a national search conducted by DHR International, led by Mary Lee Montague. The choice was confirmed by unanimous vote of the Board.

As the new CEO of Denver Zoo, Block will ensure the zoo achieves its mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. In this role, she will oversee more than 300 employees, 659 volunteers, nearly 4,000 wild animals and 85 acres, as well as the zoo's robust international conservation programs. Block will serve the Denver Zoological Board of Trustees which consists of 46 voting members including 39 regular members, four Mayoral appointees, Denver's Manager of Parks and Recreation and the zoo's volunteer chair. 

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