Gary Knell

Chief Executive Officer at National Geographic Partners LLC

Gary Knell

Gary Knell

Chief Executive Officer at National Geographic Partners LLC

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Interactive Engagement Group LLC
Manager Media International

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02/27/1954 - Sacramento, CA, United States



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Founder at New Visions for Public Schools, Inc.

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Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Global Financial Institutions Group at The Northern Trust Company

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Chief Executive Officer at National Geographic Society

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Head, Global Efforts at Wondery

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

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Former Ambassador to the Principality of Monaco at United States Department of State

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President at Georgia Institute of Technology

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Managing Director at TeleSoft Partners

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Vice President at United States National Student Association

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Former Interim Chief Executive Officer at National Public Radio, Inc.

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Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.


Organized in 1986 as a non-profit, non-partisan corporation, the Economic Club was established in recognition of the unique and critical role that Washington plays in the national and world economies and because of the Washington metropolitan area's increasing economic diversity and importance as a center of business activity. One goal of the founders was to create a forum from which eminent global leaders from all different sectors of life could share their insights about major issues. Secondly, the founders wanted to build an organization that would generate and promote a greater sense of community among the area's top executives, regional and national government officials, and members of the diplomatic community. Since that time, the Economic Club of Washington has evolved into a vibrant mechanism for connecting prominent business leaders in the Washington, D.C., area. It also has become an influential forum for the exploration of national and global public policy issues, ably fulfilling the dual mission for which it was formed. Today, the Economic Club is the premier forum for leaders. The list of speakers who have addressed the Club includes a President of the United States, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, heads of the Federal Reserve Board, every Secretary of the Treasury since 1986, other Cabinet members and government officials, and leaders of Fortune 100 corporations. The Economic Club hosts approximatelly 10 signature events a year, generally organized around a breakfast, lunch or dinner event. An average of 350 members and guests attend each meeting with attendance for some events surpassing 600. Economic Club members are Washington area company CEOs and CFOs, entrepreneurs, investment professionals, government affairs professionals, lawyers, accountants, and local government officials. Currently, the Club has more than 600 members.

Editorial Director

Since 1919, The Daily Bruin has served as UCLA’s premier source of campus news for students and members of the university. The paper, originally known as Normal Outlook and then Cub Californian, has mostly published each school day of the year since the mid-1920s. The Bruin is now the only five-day paper serving a University of California campus. Countless alumni from The Bruin have gone on to work for top daily newspapers and news organizations around the world. Bruin alumni have gone on to receive three Pulitzer Prizes and a Nobel Peace Prize. In Kerckhoff 118, the Daily Bruin’s central-campus office, about 250 students work in 14 editorial sections to produce the paper each day. Students serve as the paper’s editors, reporters, photographers, videojournalists, designers and programmers. An editorial board composed of UCLA students serves as the newspaper’s official voice on matters concerning students. The Bruin also regularly performs strongly in college media competitions. In 2014, the paper received the ACP Pacemaker award, widely recognized as the most prestigious honor in college journalism, for the nation’s best daily college newspaper. In 2015, the paper received 30 California College Media Association awards, including the award for Best Daily Newspaper in the state for the second year in a row. Students on the paper have a unique opportunity to report abroad for free each year. The Bridget O’Brien Foundation, an organization dedicated to a former Bruin staffer, awards a scholarship to a team of Bruin reporters each summer, which allows the students to travel for free anywhere in the world and report on issues relevant to UCLA. The Bruin is one of the most applied-to organizations on campus, with about 560 students submitting applications each year. About 9,000 copies of the paper are distributed each day at dozens of locations across UCLA. The paper is also read each day by thousands of students using phones, laptops and tablets to browse the Daily Bruin’s online content. Because UCLA does not have a journalism major or school, the Daily Bruin serves as the university’s primary training ground for young journalists. Daily Bruin alumni have worked at many top news organizations, including National Public Radio, BBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post. The Daily Bruin is a resource to the students, faculty, staff and community members of UCLA and Westwood. The paper offers local insight and coverage of events, trends and important topics on campus every day it prints.

Career History
Chief Executive Officer
2018 - Current

National Geographic Partners publishes magazines and other media. It will combine the National Geographic television channels with National Geographic's other media and consumer-oriented assets, including: National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children's media; and ancillary activities, including travel, location-based entertainment, archival sales, catalog, licensing and ecommerce businesses. The company is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
2014 - 2018

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
2011 - 2013

National Public Radio, Inc. produces and distributes noncommercial news and entertainment programs. The company is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Boards & Committees
Prior - 2014
Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed
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Awards & Honors
Kenyon College
Mercy College - New York
Yale University - Gordon Grand Fellow Award
2012 Annual Benefit of GenerationOn

2011 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

The CGI Annual Meeting is an invitation-only event held each September in New York City for heads of state, chief executives of companies, directors of major nonprofits, and other global leaders. For four days, members make new connections and share insights and ideas. They learn about creative approaches taken by organizations around the world. They hear from inspiring speakers who come from different sectors, different countries, and different points of view. They analyze what works, and what doesn't. Then they take that knowledge and use it to create programs that effect meaningful and lasting change in the world.

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