Veteran banker and A&S alum leads America’s oldest zoo

Philadelphia Zoo president and CEO Vik Dewan ’76, an alum of the College of Arts & Sciences, is profiled in this piece in the most recent Cornell Alumni Magazine

Leader of the zoo since 2006, the story says that Dewan, an economics and government major, has spearheaded many innovations during his tenure, including an ever-expanding system of enclosed trails.

“The not-for-profit world has become a lot more attentive to issues of good governance—more focused on impact, outcomes, measurements, and being clear about who you serve and why you exist,” Dewan says in the story. “And the for-profit world is moving away from simply looking at return on shareholder value. They care about their policies around their employees; they think about their reputation, their social impact.”

Read the entire Cornell Alumni Magazine story here.


Top photo courtesy Philadelphia Zoo

Dewan photo by Chris Crisman

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		 Tigers on an enclosed bridge