WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Geographic Society has reorganized its communications division headed by executive vice president Betty Hudson, who oversees strategic communications and public relations across the Society and its subsidiaries, including magazines, books, licensing, mission program activities and NG Ventures, which includes television, film and digital media.
Ellen Stanley, previously director of communications, has been promoted to vice president, communications for National Geographic Ventures, the Society’s wholly owned taxable subsidiary that includes National Geographic Television production and distribution, National Geographic Films, Kids Entertainment, National Geographic Music and Radio, National Geographic Home Entertainment, National Geographic Maps and Digital Media.
Mimi Koumanelis, also a former communications director, has been promoted to vice president, communications, for mission programs. She oversees media outreach for the programs, including grantees, explorers-in-residence and other activities of the research, conservation and exploration division, public programs such as the All Roads Film Festival, National Geographic Museum exhibits, and the National Geographic Speakers Bureau. She also oversees media relations for National Geographic giant-screen films and National Geographic Expeditions.
They join Mary Jeanne Jacobsen, vice president, communications and media operations, and Kathie Teter, vice president, communications, special projects. Jacobsen heads media outreach for the Society’s adult and children’s books and its four magazines. Teter is in charge of a variety of internal communications, including editorial services.