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Virginia Aquarium names new chief operating officer

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The city of Virginia Beach has promoted Caryl Thompson as chief operating officer of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

Thompson previously worked as vice president of marketing and public relations for the city-owned facility. A Virginia Beach municipal employee since 1992, she joined the city's Virginia Aquarium department in 2016.

"Caryl is a proven leader," said Cynthia Spanoulis, president and CEO of the Virginia Aquarium, in a statement released Wednesday. "She has strong technical skills and great business insights, with the ability to understand and further our mission. ... Our senior leadership team has never been stronger."

Thompson holds a master's degree in human resource development and organizational development from George Washington University and earned her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University.


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