WASHINGTON (April 15, 2013)—Jonathan Young today joined the National Geographic Society as chief technology officer. He will provide a strategic vision for using technology to spark the Society’s digital future, overseeing both internal and external technological advancements. In keeping with the Society’s commitment to continued exploration and innovation through technology, Young will serve on the Executive Management Team as a critical leader of the organization.
Young comes to National Geographic from Ancestry.com, where he was senior vice president of technology operations. In that role he was head of operations and overall technology platform and strategy, responsible for company uptime, performance and efficiency. Before that, he was vice president of development at Ancestry.com, leading a 140-person development and quality assurance team and directing architectural development of all custom systems that supported more than 1.7 million subscribers in multiple countries and languages.
Other positions he has held are vice president of development at Earthlink, responsible for all development and testing across multiple U.S. and offshore locations; and vice president of product development, digital media technology, at Time Warner, where he oversaw product management and development functions for all of Turner’s Internet properties, including CNN.com, TCM, Cartoon Network and NASCAR.com.; and vice president of technology at CNNfn.com, where he supervised all aspects of development, architecture and strategy and founded CNNfn.com’s London bureau, expanding coverage of international markets.
“National Geographic embraces new technologies as a cornerstone for exploring the world around us. We are thrilled to have recruited Jonathan and look forward to tapping into his incredible expertise in this integral role,” said National Geographic Society Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tracie A. Winbigler, to whom Young reports.
Young has a B.A. in astrophysics (honors) and Asian studies from Williams College.
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