The Florida Aquarium is proud to announce the appointment of Andrew Wood as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective March 19, following an extensive nationwide search for the position.
Wood brings more than two decades of leadership experience, with a focus on innovation and revenue growth. He most recently served as Mystic Aquarium’s Senior Vice President of External Relations, where he managed the Marketing, Guest Services, Membership, Exhibits Development, Government Relations and Sales departments.
“Andy brings passion, energy and invaluable Aquarium and industry-leading experience to The Florida Aquarium,” said Roger Germann, President and CEO of The Florida Aquarium. “He is a leader with a proven record of success throughout his career, and as a member of the Aquarium’s leadership team, will play a key role in growing our business operations, increasing our conservation, education and community impact, furthering our mission, and expanding our brand.”
Andy has also led a number of boards and committees, serving as Chair of the Greater Mystic Tourism Marketing Committee, chairing the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Marketing Committee and as President of the Barrington New Jersey Board of Education. Wood has also served on the AZA Annual Program Committee and Cetacean Task Force; and the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau.
As the Aquarium’s new COO, Wood will oversee the Aquarium’s Operations, Marine Operations, Design & Engineering, Marketing & Communications, Education, Animal Care & Welfare, and Animal Health departments, as well as the Aquarium’s Center for Conservation at Apollo Beach.
“It is truly an exciting time to join The Florida Aquarium,” shared Andy. “With conservation at its heart, The Florida Aquarium is a nationally recognized leader with a team of passionate and dedicated professionals. I am honored to join Roger and this world-class team in continuing to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship of the natural environment at one of the nation’s best aquariums.”