WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Board of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society names Kathleen Breland, its Chief Operating & Chief Financial Officer, as its interim CEO, effective immediately.
“Kathleen’s strong management skills and knowledge of daily operations are an asset to the Zoo during this exciting time of transition and opportunity,” said Zoo Chairman, Michele Kessler.
The Zoo’s Board of Directors has engaged Zoo Advisors, a nationally recognized Zoo management firm, to assist with strategic planning and the search for a permanent successor to former CEO & President, Andrew Aiken, who recently resigned.
“Kathleen embodies our passion and vision; she has our full support and endorsement,” said Kessler.
Breland has served the Zoo in a number of capacities since joining the Zoo in July 2009. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in January 2015.
“It is a privilege to lead a strong management team and staff, supported by dedicated volunteers, board members, and supporters that are passionate about our mission in support of wildlife,” said Breland.
Annually, more than 330,000 people walk through the gates of the second-most visited attraction in West Palm Beach. As it approaches its 50th anniversary and debut of a brand new lorikeet loft, ocelot overlook, Julie and Mike Connors monkey mania habitat, and Ruth & Ted Baum family conservation entry plaza, the cultural asset is in an excellent position to build on its successes and bright future.