The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders, is the market’s most comprehensive product of people you should know in the business community. The 500 includes business leaders and executives who have founded or are running significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond and those who lead in the business community. The 500 is selected by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom.

Douglas Myers

President and CEO, San Diego Zoo Global

Douglas Myers began his career with San Diego Zoo Global (formerly Zoological Society of San Diego) in 1982 as general manager of the Wild Animal Park near Escondido. Today, he oversees a conservation- and research-focused operation that includes the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Before joining San Diego Zoo Global, he worked for Anheuser-Busch and Busch Entertainment Corp. for 11 years in a variety of management positions at parks in Van Nuys and Williamsburg. Va. He has served on the board of the American Association of Museums and as a presidential appointee of the National Museum and Library Services Board and on numerous local boards.

ALMA MATER: Christopher Newport University

BUCKET LIST: “To see a sustainable, healthy herd of northern white rhinos (now extinct) recovered at our parks and returned to Africa using new reproductive technologies and DNA saved in our frozen zoo.”

TOUGHEST CHALLENGE: “Not being overwhelmed in a century where we are faced with a global extinction crisis.”