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December 01, 2015 5:25 PM ET


Company Overview of National Geographic Society

Company Overview

National Geographic Society operates as a non-profit scientific and educational institution. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and environmental and historical conservation. It offers journals, magazines, e-magazines, television documentaries, television channels, music, radio, books, online games, applications, toys, DVDs, maps, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media, and merchandise. The company also produces various public programs, including exhibits, speaker series, films, and concerts. In addition, it operates a Website that brings geography, science, and social studies to life for educators, learners, and their families; and provides...

1145 17th Street N.W.

Washington, DC 20036-4688

United States

Founded in 1888





Key Executives for National Geographic Society

Chief Executive Officer, President and Trustee
Age: 61
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Executive Vice President and President of Enterprises
President of Children's Books and President of Education Publishing Group
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

National Geographic Society Key Developments

National Geographic Expands Relationship with IMG

The National Geographic Society announced that it is entering into a longer and broader partnership with IMG to license the National Geographic brand in consumer products on a global basis. IMG has represented the National Geographic brand in the luggage and travel bag categories outside North America since 2013. The new multiyear agreement expands this relationship across all principal product categories worldwide, with the exception of toys and games.

National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox Enter into Agreement to New Expanded Joint Venture Will Combine National Geographic Channels with National Geographic’s Other Digital, Media & Publishing, Travel and Licensing Assets

The National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox announced that they have reached an agreement to expand their highly successful 18-year partnership through which they have owned and operated the properties in National Geographic Channels, a joint venture of domestic and international cable television channels. The National Geographic Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on its mission of science, exploration and education. Consideration for the transaction is valued at $725 million. As a result, the Society’s endowment will significantly increase to nearly $1 billion. The new entity will be owned 73% by 21st Century Fox and 27% by The National Geographic Society with a shared governance structure and equal representation on the board of directors. The new expanded joint venture will operate as National Geographic Partners and will combine the National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s other media and consumer-oriented assets, including: National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities, including travel, location-based entertainment, archival sales, catalog, licensing and ecommerce businesses. Combining these assets into one organization will create greater opportunities to pursue National Geographic’s mission of increasing knowledge through science, exploration and research. The additional resources will enable The National Geographic Society to basically double its investment in an array of science, research and education programs. Plans include the creation of the National Geographic Grosvenor Center for Education, dedicated to improving the geographic skills of high school students, and the establishment of Centers of Excellence in Cartography, Journalism and Photography, which will develop and fund innovations in exploration, mapping and story-telling. The National Geographic Museum, thought leader forums, and related programs will remain under the Society's purview, all with the support of a focused philanthropic development team. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions. The transaction is expected to close later in 2015.

National Geographic Society Appoints Peter Van Roden as Senior Vice President of Global Experiences and Events

National Geographic Society appointed Peter van Roden as Senior Vice President of Global Experiences and Events.

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