San Diego Zoo Global continues to grow its executive suite.

The organization has appointed David Franco as its chief financial officer. Franco was most recently CFO at Vulcan, Inc., the Seattle-based company founded by former Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, which oversees the family’s business activities and philanthropic endeavors.

“David Franco is a strong financial executive with a proven CFO track record leading his past organization’s finances with both head and heart.” said Paul A. Baribault, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global. “As our organization evolves to meet the changing needs of wildlife around the world, and the changing needs of guests at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, David has the right background, strategic mindset, business acumen, and big picture thinking to help our teams be even more effective at driving better outcomes for wildlife.”

Prior to Vulcan, Franco spent 10 years working in the cruise industry, including with Princess Cruise, Holland America Line and Seabourn. Before that, he was at The Walt Disney Company for seven years.

Just last month, San Diego Zoo Global named Nadine Lamberski as its new chief conservation officer and wildlife health officer.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at or 858-634-4625.