Zoo Names Kathleen Breland Interim CEO

Kathleen Breland

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s Board of Directors recently named Kathleen Breland, its chief operating and chief financial officer, as the zoo’s interim CEO.

“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 Michele Kessler, chair of the zoo’s board.

The board 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,” Kessler said. “She has our full support and endorsement.”

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 who are passionate about our mission in support of wildlife,” Breland said.

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.

For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.