National Geographic Partners has outlined its senior leadership, following the completion of the transaction for the expanded JV between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox.
Courteney Monroe (pictured), who is currently the CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S., will now serve as CEO of National Geographic Global Networks, overseeing global programming, operations and global marketing for the international portfolio of National Geographic Channels, which includes National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo Mundo.
In addition, Monroe – who served as executive VP of consumer marketing and digital platforms for HBO before boarding Nat Geo in 2012 – will helm the company’s in-house prodco National Geographic Studios, which produces Brain Games and Explorer. In the expanded role, Monroe will continue to work with Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice.
A spokesperson for National Geographic confirmed that on the international tip, Nat Geo will continue to have programming hubs in london, New York and Washington, and that the London-based Hamish Mykura - executive VP and head of international content for National Geographic Channels International – will now report to Monroe. More details on the venture’s senior management team are forthcoming. The Studios division will be incorporated into the Channels operation.
Meanwhile, Ward Platt - who currently serves as chief operating officer of Fox International Channels (FIC) and CEO of National Geographic Channels International – will take on the role of COO of National Geographic Partners.
The exec will partner with National Geographic Partners CEO Declan Moore to drive the new venture’s global revenue, focusing on channels distribution, advertising revenue, digital publishing, licensing, travel and consumer products. Platt will also have oversight of National Geographic Partners’ international operations. He previously served as president of FIC Asia Pacific and Middle East.
During his tenure with FIC, Platt was involved in running more than 40 channel brands across 18 offices, including the launch of National Geographic’s channel business in Asia.
Elsewhere, Jeffrey Schneider, currently the executive VP of business and legal affairs for National Geographic Channels, will hold the same position for National Geographic Partners, while Susan Goldberg, who serves as editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine, will continue in that role, adding on the title of editorial director and responsible for all of the publishing activities under the new venture, including digital journalism, magazines, books and maps, among other areas.
National Geographic in September sold its controlling stake in the cable channel as well as National Geographic magazine and other publishing, travel and licensing assets, in a deal worth US$725 million. 21st Century Fox now has a 73% share in the company, while the Society has a 27% stake.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the company would be laying off 9% of its workforce, putting 180 of the 2,000 employees then working under National Geographic Partners out of work.