John Q. Griffin steps down as NG’s President of Publishing

From: Timothy Kelly <>
Date: Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM
Subject: Changes Within National Geographic Publishing

To:  Global Media Staff

I’m writing to tell you about several important developments related to National Geographic Publishing management. After nine terrific years at the helm of our publishing operations, John Q. Griffin will be retiring from the Society later this year. He has been a tremendous leader both in the magazine industry and within NGS, as well as a tireless advocate for our brand. He accomplished a great deal and leaves a rich legacy that includes ensuring that our next generation of leaders is ready and able to take us into the rapidly evolving digital future.  He’s been a terrific colleague, and we wish him the very best.

I’m delighted to announce that Declan Moore will succeed John as executive vice president and president of publishing, effective Dec. 15. Declan has been an enormously valuable member of our media organization for more than 15 years, and his international experience, creativity and vision will be tremendous assets for us going forward. He will have responsibility for all editions of our magazines and books, with Chris Johns reporting to him for NGM operations and to me for editorial matters. Declan’s direct reports will include:

  • Nina Hoffman–EVP & President, Books
  • Chris Johns–Editor-in-Chief, NGM
  • Dave Wasdahl–VP Marketing Services
  • Claudia Malley–EVP  and Worldwide Publisher, Global Media
  • Melina Bellows–EVP Children’s Publishing & Chief Creative Officer, Kids and Family
  • Keith Bellows–VP,  Editor-in-Chief, Traveler
  • Terry Day–VP World Wide Circulation
  • Margaret Schmidt–VP Business and Finance
  • John Patermaster–Business Manager, Traveler/Kids
  • Maura Mulvihill–VP, Image Collection
  • Yula Boyle–Director, International Magazine Publishing
  • Rachel Love–Director, International Book Publishing
  • Dennis Adamson–Director, Finance and Operations

Terry Adamson will continue to have overall responsibility for international publishing in non-English languages and will work closely with Declan. Both will report to me in those capacities.

I’m also pleased to tell you that Claudia Malley’s role here continues to expand. She is being promoted to executive vice president and worldwide publisher for National Geographic Global Media and will now oversee advertising sales and marketing for international, with Charlie Attenborough and the London office reporting into her, as well as domestic media properties, including magazines and digital. Claudia’s consummate professionalism, can-do spirit and commitment to the power of the National Geographic brand and mission are among our greatest assets. Her promotion is also effective December 1.

While these are exciting times, it is also a time of transition, both here at NGS and across the media landscape in general. We’ll succeed with your dedication and support. I know you join me in congratulating Declan and Claudia as they take on these new assignments, and in wishing John well in the future. We’ll share details about plans to salute John later this month.

Tim T. Kelly
President, Global Media
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036

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