NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2010)—National Geographic’s Michele Murphy and Margaret Schmidt have been promoted to vice presidents.
Murphy, formerly marketing director, National Geographic Magazine Publishing Division, has been appointed vice president, marketing, Global Media Advertising and Marketing Group, overseeing National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Kids magazines and digital media. Based in New York, Murphy continues to develop creative concepts, innovative marketing programs and sales materials that encompass the depth of the National Geographic brand and support the brand selling structure.
“Michele is an unbelievable talent. Her creative energy has driven our success through the creation of custom marketing solutions and will be essential to our future as we continue to transform our business,” said Claudia Malley, senior vice president and publisher, Global Media Advertising and Marketing Group.
Schmidt, formerly business director, National Geographic Magazine Publishing Division, has been promoted to vice president, business and finance, National Geographic Magazine Publishing Division. She remains at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“Margaret is an invaluable team player with more than 25 years with National Geographic. She brings unparalleled dedication and commitment to our business as we work to improve the performance of our magazines,” said John Q.Griffin, president of publishing, National Geographic Society.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 375 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,200 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.