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The Florida Aquarium hires new CEO from Chicago

Roger Germann is the new CEO of the Florida Aquarium. 
[Photo courtesy of the Florida Aquarium]
Published May 8, 2017

TAMPA — The Florida Aquarium has hired Roger Germann to be the organization's next president and chief executive officer.

Germann, 48, was previously the executive vice president of the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for 16 years and also served as an advisory board member to the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office. He most recently worked as a principal at a Chicago consulting firm, Four Lions Strategies. He will begin the new job in Tampa on June 5.

After a four-month search, the Florida Aquarium board of directors selected Germann as their top choice because of his experience. His salary was not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to have Roger come aboard. His combination of leadership skills, passion and experience will help expand the Aquarium's role as a conservation and scientific conservancy and a world-class venue which families and friends find exciting, educational and fun," said Mark Watson, chairman of the Florida Aquarium board. "As importantly, we believe Roger has the proven track record to garner the support and resources necessary to increase marine conservation actions starting right here in Tampa Bay and reaching out through the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean where we are now partners with the National Aquarium of Cuba."

Germann replaces Thom Stork, the longtime CEO and president of the aquarium, who died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. Scott Rose, the chief operating officer of the aquarium, has been the interim CEO since 2015, when Stork took a leave of absence from his position because of health reasons.

Germann led external affairs, government, community and industry relations at the Shedd, which has about $57 million in annual revenues. He also played a role in fundraising campaigns during his tenure. Germann holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. And he's a local — Germann is originally from Seminole and a graduate of Osceola High School.

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