Jonathan Young

Chief Technology Officer

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Jonathan Young joined the National Geographic Society as chief technology officer in April 2013. He provides a strategic vision for using technology to spark the Society’s digital future, overseeing both internal and external technological advancements. Young is a member of the Society’s Executive Management Team.

Before joining National Geographic, Young was senior vice president of technology operations at Ancestry.com. He served as 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. He was responsible for a custom genealogy record-based search engine as well as family tree linking and hinting systems.

Other senior positions he has held are vice president of development at Earthlink, responsible for all development and testing across multiple U.S. and offshore locations; 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.

Young has a B.A. in astrophysics (honors) and Asian studies from Williams College.

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