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Cancer Center's Shannon Block named new Denver Zoo CEO

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The Denver Zoological Foundation announced its selection of Shannon Block as the new president/CEO of the Denver Zoo on Friday, January 10.

Block is CEO of Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, the board announced in the Friday release. She will take the helm of the 117 year-old zoo in February.

She replaces Craig Piper, currently director of city zoos for the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York.

“Shannon was our selection committee’s unanimous choice for CEO,” said foundation board president Denny O’Malley. “Her global experience and progressive business roles combined with her passion, energy and innovative attitude made her the ideal candidate.”

In the Friday release, Block called the zoo a treasure that inspires wonder and awe in the community every day. “I see this as a unique opportunity to help shape a chapter in the future of this exciting cultural organization,” Block said.

Block has been with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers since December 2012. She oversees more than 600 employees at 21 locations. Block previously served as Chief Business Development Officer at the Denver Health Hospital Authority and as a senior manager in global innovation at Deloitte and Touche. She administered data management for Price Waterhouse Coopers and served as a logistics analyst with Wild Oats Markets.

She has a master’s degree in physics from Tufts University, and undergraduate degrees in physics and applied mathematics from George Washington University.

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