WASHINGTON (Feb. 20, 2009)—National Geographic Ventures (NGV) announces an expansion of duties for Charles Regan, vice president, National Geographic Maps, to include responsibilities as general manager of National Geographic Maps. Reporting to Paul Levine, NGV’s senior vice president of Corporate Strategy, Development, and Interactive Platforms Group, Regan has overseen the reorganization of the division and will seek to increase National Geographic Maps’ share in the outdoor recreation and adventure markets and expand its presence in the reference and education markets through new digital and print products and a broad, global distribution.
In addition to providing premier cartographic services to the National Geographic Society, the award-winning National Geographic Maps group is currently working on developing content and applications for the digital marketplace that can be accessed across multiple platforms, like the recently announced Ocean in Google Earth, including online, mobile and Portable Navigation Devices.
As part of a strategic reorganization, National Geographic Maps has been folded into NGV’s newly formed Interactive Platforms Group, which also includes National Geographic’s Mobile and Games businesses.
“Charlie’s proven capability in business and product development is a great asset to National Geographic Maps and to National Geographic Ventures and Global Media in general,” said Ted Prince, chief operating officer of National Geographic Ventures and executive vice president of operations for National Geographic Global Media. “Building on our rich cartographic history and reputation for quality products, Charlie and the Maps team will seek new opportunities to grow the National Geographic Maps brand worldwide, especially in the digital marketplace.”
“Charlie’s long experience in the digital maps and publishing industries will benefit National Geographic Maps as we continue to expand our digital and print offerings into new global markets and across a variety of platforms,” added Levine.
Prior to joining National Geographic in 2007 as vice president of Digital Maps, Regan spent 10 years with Maps.com, where he was responsible for operations, business development, creating strategic partnerships and leading the business strategy development team. Regan also worked previously for National Geographic in education outreach programs as Geography Education program analyst, manager of the Canadian Education Initiative and manager of Special Outreach Programs.
About National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps was established as a division of the National Geographic Society in 1915 and has been producing maps for National Geographic magazine and other Society groups for more than 90 years. National Geographic Maps produces outdoor recreation mapping software, Trails Illustrated maps, wall maps, travel maps, globes and atlases. For more information, visit www.natgeomaps.com.
About National Geographic Ventures
National Geographic Ventures is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the National Geographic Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. NGV, part of the National Geographic Global Media editorial group, includes National Geographic Television production and distribution, National Geographic Television International, Digital Media (including Nationalgeographic.com) and National Geographic Interactive Platforms Group, comprising the Mobile, Gaming and Maps business groups. NGV creates and distributes content across multi-platforms and media, providing outlets for the hundreds of scientific and expedition-based grants awarded each year. For more information, go to www.nationalgeographic.com.