The National Geographic Society announced today the promotion of Brooke Runnette to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Program and Impact Officer. Runnette will play an instrumental role in helping the 128 year-old Society make a greater global impact through its mission-driven work. Combined with a new organizational structure also announced today, the Society is better positioned than ever to explore and protect the planet by harnessing the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling. The move was announced by National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell.
The National Geographic Society has expanded to become one of the largest nonprofits in the world, doing work that supports science and exploration, inspires global citizens and protects the planet. Through a joint venture partnership with 21st Century Fox forged last fall, the National Geographic Society has more than doubled its ability to fund innovative science, exploration and education. Leveraging expanded multimedia platforms that reach more than 700 million people worldwide, the National Geographic Society is perfectly poised to have a greater impact around the globe as stories and images, shows and events are more widely and effectively distributed.
“There has never been a more important time for the National Geographic Society to fulfill its critical mission to explore and protect the planet,” said Knell. “Having spent the better part of the last century providing venture capital for good, we are fortunate to have more resources than ever before to invest in the world’s best scientists, explorers, photographers and educators. Brooke’s new role will unite the Society’s programs into a single, integrated pipeline, helping the organization deliver maximum impact. She has a successful track record of combining creativity and operational efficiency to get the most out of projects.”