WASHINGTON (Oct. 8, 2013)—Melina Gerosa Bellows has been promoted to publisher of National Geographic Books, adding responsibility for sales, marketing and distribution to her current role as National Geographic’s chief creative officer for Books, Kids and Family. Her appointment as publisher was announced by Declan Moore, National Geographic’s president of Publishing and Travel, to whom Bellows reports.
“Melina and her talented Books team have produced double-digit growth over each of the past three years. Her consumer insight, vision and expertise have earned her the title of publisher. She has assembled a great team, and I am looking to her to fuel further growth in this important business. Throughout her 13-year tenure at National Geographic, Melina has proven her ability to transform businesses, first as editor of National Geographic Kids magazine, then as head of Kids Books and currently as chief creative officer of Books, Kids and Family at National Geographic,” Moore said.
Gerosa Bellows leads the editorial and design teams for National Geographic Books, Children’s Books, Kids and Little Kids magazines as well as all of the Society’s kids and family product lines, including digital platform extensions.
Gerosa Bellows was previously executive vice president of Children’s Publishing, overseeing the Children’s Book Division and serving as editor in chief of National Geographic Kids, the largest children’s magazine in America, with a circulation of 1.2 million. The magazine has nearly 20 international editions.
In 2007 she launched National Geographic Little Kids for preschoolers and their parents. The magazine has a circulation of 300,000 and has garnered The Parents’ Choice Gold Award each year for the past five years.
An internationally published best-selling author, Gerosa Bellows’ most recent books are “Love You, Dad” and “Mother’s Love” for National Geographic Books.
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National Geographic Books creates and distributes books and digital media that inform, engage and entertain diverse audiences about our world. Annually, the group publishes more than 125 new books for adults, families and kids. National Geographic titles are available in more than 35 local-language editions. While special photographic and film collections, travel books, nature shows, birding guides and atlases are a core focus of the Society’s products, books on subjects as diverse as animals, the human mind, history, world cultures and the cosmos are also produced. For more information, visit facebook.com/NatGeoBooks and nationalgeographic.com/books.