San Diego Zoo Global announced Thursday that Disney executive Paul Baribault will be its new president and chief executive officer.
Baribault succeeds Douglas Myers, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 34 years at the helm of the internationally renowned zoo.
The zoo’s new leader has worked at The Walt Disney Studios since 1997, with roles at Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, The Muppets and, more recently, Disneynature, which produces nature documentary films.
Baribault is a committed conservationist, who has served as vice-chair of The Jane Goodall Institute and is a member of the Executive Committee of Jackson Wild.
“Paul’s leadership role in the growth of Disneynature and his passion for conservation will add an exciting dimension to the execution of San Diego Zoo Global’s mission,” said Steve Tappan, chairman of the zoo’s board of trustees.
Tappan cited Baribault’s experience working with global organizations, developing conservation partnerships and highlighting Disney’s commitment to conservation.
“His ability to generate broad audience support and engagement with wildlife will build upon and expand the toolkit of our conservation strategies,” said Tappan.
Baribault will officially start with San Diego Zoo Global on Oct. 1 and take over in his new role on Nov. 1 after a transition period with Myers.
“Our planet and the diversity of its species are at a critical juncture, and San Diego Zoo Global, in collaboration with other leading institutions, can play a vital role in preserving the richness of our natural world,” said Baribault.
San Diego Zoo Global is an international nonprofit that operates the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.
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