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Gary E. Knell named CEO of Nat Geo Partners

CEO and president of National Geographic Society Gary E. Knell has been named Declan Moore’s successor as CEO of National Geographic Partners. Knell, who has held his current position at National Geographic Society since ...
February 9, 2018

CEO and president of National Geographic Society Gary E. Knell has been named Declan Moore’s successor as CEO of National Geographic Partners.

Knell, who has held his current position at National Geographic Society since 2014, will start his new role effective March 1.

Moore has been CEO of National Geographic Partners since its inception in 2015 between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox.

During that time, Moore was focused on having National Geographic’s programming, publishing and digital strategy support storytelling about science, adventure and exploration. According to a release, under Moore, Nat Geo grew its global television footprint to 450-million homes.

In his new role as CEO, Knell will oversee all of Nat Geo’s global storytelling assets, including the television, magazine, print and digital operations, licensing and travel expeditions.

As CEO of the National Geographic Society, Knell was responsible for the organization’s global non-profit and educational activities, and until National Geographic Partners formed, shepherded the company’s print and digital platforms, travel and consumer products.

Knell presently serves as chairman of National Geographic Partners.

Before coming to Nat Geo Society, Knell was president and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR). His career in media spans nearly three decades, including 22 years at the children’s education-focused organization, Sesame Workshop.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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