John Fahey was appointed chairman and chief
executive officer of the National Geographic
Society in January 2011. He is also chairman of
the executive committee of the Society’s board of
trustees and chairman of National Geographic’s
Education Foundation. He joined the Society in 1996, and served as president and CEO from March 1998 to December 2010. During his tenure, he has led an evolution of the National Geographic Society, including its entry into cable television with the National Geographic Channels, currently available in more than 435 million homes in 173 countries in 37 languages; the international growth of National Geographic magazine, now published in English and 33 local-language editions; and the extension of National Geographic content into virtually every aspect of digital media. In addition to continuing the Society’s efforts to improve geographic literacy, John has guided the significant expansion of the Society’s Mission Programs during the past decade, including the creation of the National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Fellows and Emerging Explorers programs, and regional grant-making programs
around the world, beginning in Northern Europe and Asia. John will accompany the expedition from London to the Maldives.