San Diego, California - Steven G. Tappan has been named as the new chairman of the San Diego Zoo Global Board of Trustees, beginning his tenure this month. Tappan takes over the position recently vacated by board member Robert B. Horsman, who has served as chairman for the last three years. In his new role, Tappan will lead board members as they face a number of responsibilities, including fiduciary strategies and forward-facing tactics to keep the organization on track in its mission of saving species worldwide.

“San Diego Zoo Global is honored to have Steve Tappan begin his work as chairman,” said Douglas G. Myers, president/CEO of San Diego Zoo Global. “Tappan brings a remarkable amount of leadership experience, along with his passion and grit, and we are confident he’s the right person to help move our organization forward over the next few years.”

Tappan’s history with San Diego Zoo Global goes back more than a decade. As a member of the San Diego Zoo Global Board of Trustees, he has previously served as treasurer and vice chairman; and he served as a member of the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011. In addition, Tappan serves as an executive or board member for multiple organizations. He is president of Tappan Enterprises and Tappan Corporation, and is chairman of Chemgineering Holding AG and IPB, SL. Tappan also serves on the board of directors of Prochem SA and the Ocean Institute. 

Tappan is joined on the San Diego Zoo Global Board of Trustees by a diverse lineup of business and conservation professionals, including Javade Chaudhri, vice chairman; Linda Lowenstine, DVM., Ph.D., secretary; Richard B. Gulley, treasurer; and members Rolf Benirschke, Clifford W. Hague, Robert B. Horsman, Steven S. Simpson and Judith A. Wheatley.

Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The work of these entities is inspiring children through the San Diego Zoo Kids network, reaching out through the internet and in children’s hospitals nationwide. The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global.