Craig Pugh, who helmed the Lowry Park Zoological Society in Tampa for the past five years, is the new president of Public Communications Inc.

craig pughHe was responsible for a LPZS staff of 350 and annual budget in the $20M range.

Earlier, Pugh served as executive director of the Palm Beach Zoo.

The Chicago native worked in top editing jobs at Scott Foresman Publishing and Times Mirror/Mosby Year Book before joining the Chicago Zoological Society as associate director-communications.

Pugh, who gets an ownership stake, takes the title from CEO Jill Allread, who held both positions since 2010. Allread remains at the helm.

She said Pugh's "proven talents in executive management and collaborative team development strategically enhance our capacity to meet the needs of our diverse clients.”