Courteney Monroe is chief executive officer (CEO) of National Geographic Global Networks. She oversees global programming, operations and marketing for the portfolio of National Geographic Channels around the world, which includes National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally, she is responsible for all operations of National Geographic Studios, the in-house television production unit.
Collaborating with A-level creative talent, Monroe works to harness the power and reach of the National Geographic brand to position National Geographic Channels as the world’s premium science, adventure and exploration network.
In 2015, Monroe spearheaded a production partnership with GE to develop “Breakthrough,” from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The series featured leading scientists and their innovations and advancements that are changing our lives. The partnership with Grazer and Howard also led to another project, “MARS,” a six-part series on the quest to survive Mars and the story of those who became a multi-planetary species. “MARS” is expected to premiere in fall 2016.
Additionally, the network partnered with Fox Searchlight for the global theatrical release in February 2016 of the critically acclaimed feature documentary “He Named Me Malala,” an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai. And “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman,” a series exploring mankind’s quest to understand the divine, from executive producer Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment, premiered in April 2016 to record ratings, marking the highest-rated and most-watched series of all time for NGC US.
Prior to becoming global CEO, Monroe served as CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S. She first joined the network as chief marketing officer, managing the brand and all aspects of marketing. She also oversaw consumer and trade communications. Under her leadership, NGC launched unprecedented marketing campaigns for the network’s popular “Killing” franchise that, garnered the highest total viewership in network history.
Before joining National Geographic Channels U.S., Monroe was executive vice president, consumer marketing and digital platforms, for Home Box Office, responsible for the marketing of the HBO and Cinemax brands and their programming, across all platforms. She oversaw award-winning marketing campaigns for many of HBO’s highest-profile properties, such as “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos and “Game of Thrones.”
Before joining HBO, Monroe held marketing positions at American Express and Salomon Brothers.
Monroe’s many accolades include The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 (2015) and Multichannel News Wonder Women (Class of 2015). She was named a Woman to Watch by Advertising Age in 2013 and a 2014 Woman to Watch by Multichannel News.
Monroe holds a B.A. from Williams College and an MBA from The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.