National Geographic Ups Courteney Monroe to Global CEO

Courteney Monroe

Other senior leadership announcements include upping Ward Platt to COO of the new 21st Century Fox, Nat Geo Society venture.

Courteney Monroe has been upped to CEO of National Geographic Global Networks.

The news comes as part of a larger swath of senior leadership announcements tied to the completion of 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society’s recently announced new venture, National Geographic Partners. Among the others: Ward Platt, who becomes COO of National Geographic Partners; Nat Geo magazine editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg, who adds the title editorial director and will be responsible for all of the publishing activities under the new venture; and business affairs vet Jeffrey Schneider, who’s elevated to exec vp business and legal affairs for National Geographic Partners.

"Upon completing the transaction to form National Geographic Partners, we are thrilled to bring these incredibly talented executives to the senior leadership team," said National Geographic Partners CEO Declan Moore in a statement announcing the news Monday. "National Geographic is one of the world’s most trusted brands, delivering unique and compelling storytelling of science, discovery and wonder to consumers for over a century. We’re excited to officially begin our journey to bring a new and integrated National Geographic experience to people worldwide, and I look forward to partnering with Ward Platt and working with Susan Goldberg, Courteney Monroe and Jeffrey Schneider to share the National Geographic mission with an even larger audience."

Monroe, who joined Nat Geo from HBO in 2012, will now oversee global programming, operations and marketing for the portfolio of networks around the world, which National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo Mundo. Additionally, Monroe will assume broader oversight of National Geo Studios, the in-house entity that produces Brain Games, Dr. Pol and Explorer as well as large-format films and short-form videos. The latter previously was part of National Geographic Ventures.

In her expanded role, Monroe will continue to work closely with Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice. Since shifting from the top marketing position at the U.S. cable network to a CEO role in spring 2014, Monroe has shifted Nat Geo’s focus to becoming a more premium destination for science and adventure fare with higher-end nonfiction programming from Hollywood heavyweights including Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Pete Berg and Alex Gibney.