Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, announced today that Michael Ulica has been named interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Geographic Society. Ulica steps into the interim role following the appointment of Gary E. Knell as Chief Executive Officer of National Geographic Partners, the joint venture between the National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox. The appointment is effective March 1.
“Mike is ideally suited to lead the National Geographic Society during this transition period,” said Case. “His deep understanding of the Society’s mission and impact-driven agenda, combined with the support of our strong senior management team, will allow the organization to move seamlessly forward.”
Case continued: “Gary’s excellent leadership leaves an enduring legacy at the National Geographic Society and we are delighted he can take his extraordinary talents and apply them fully to our strategic joint venture, National Geographic Partners.”
Ulica has served as the Society’s executive vice president, chief operating and financial officer since 2016, overseeing the Society’s financial, operational and administrative functions, including accounting, finance, planning, treasury and investments, human resources, legal, technology, facilities and sustainability.