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.