John Griffin to Retire as National Geographic Publishing President
(Press Release) WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 2010) — Declan Moore has been named executive vice president of the National Geographic Society and president of publishing, succeeding John Q. Griffin who is retiring from the Society later this year. Claudia Malley has been promoted to executive vice president and worldwide publisher for National Geographic Global Media. The promotions were announced today by Tim Kelly, president of National Geographic Global Media, and will be effective Dec. 15.
"National Geographic has truly benefited from John Griffin's leadership these past nine years, and he leaves us well positioned for the future. He has been a champion for the industry as well as a terrific leader during this time of transition in media, delivering strong financial results while always supporting the National Geographic mission. Among his many contributions has been building a superb team, which includes two enormously talented executives in Declan and Claudia, who will help grow our global publishing effort across international and digital boundaries," Kelly said.
Moore is a 15-year veteran of NGS, including five years based in London as international publisher for National Geographic Magazines. He returned to Washington in January 2009 and added to his responsibilities oversight of all aspects of National Geographic publishing in languages other than English. In his new role, he will be responsible for all editions of National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids magazines, as well as National Geographic Book Publishing, in all languages, including English.
Terry Adamson, executive vice president of the Society, who has had overall responsibility for international publishing in non-English languages over the past decade, will continue in that role, working closely with Moore. In that capacity, Adamson will report to Kelly, as does Moore.
Malley, who has overseen National Geographic's domestic publishing sales and marketing, will now have responsibility for all of National Geographic's worldwide magazine and digital media properties. She joined National Geographic in 2003 as associate publisher of National Geographic magazine, was named U.S. publisher in 2004 and was promoted to her most recent position in October 2009.
"Declan's 15 years with the Society have included broad experience across our organization, from television to magazines, and from domestic to international, with remarkable success in every assignment. Claudia has transformed our sales and marketing efforts to a highly effective, brand-first strategy that harnesses and showcases the depth of assets offered by National Geographic. These two executives are smart, quick and highly collaborative, and together will continue the forceful and deliberate transformation of our publishing business into the new media world to ensure that we continue to inspire people to care about our planet," Kelly added.