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National Geographic Leadership

Michael L. Ulica

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer

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Photograph by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

Michael L. Ulica is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer at the National Geographic Society. He is responsible for all of the global nonprofit’s operational, administrative and financial functions, including serving as the Society’s Treasurer. 

From March to September 2018, Ulica also served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer while the organization searched for a permanent leader. During this period of transition, he led the development of the Society’s new strategic plan, advanced its campus-wide renovation project and fostered large-scale partnerships with like-minded brands that share the Society’s commitment to a healthy and sustainable future.

Over the course of his more than 12 years at National Geographic, Ulica has served as the Society’s Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. He joined the National Geographic family in 2006 as the Chief Financial Officer for National Geographic Ventures.

Ulica previously worked at Discovery Communications, where he spent 10 years in a wide range of financial roles, including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Discovery’s corporate services division and consumer products division. Before working at Discovery, Ulica spent 10 years with Time Life Inc., where he held management positions in finance and operations.

Ulica sits on the board of directors of Ocean Exploration Trust as well as the board of overseers of the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. 

He is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic and State University, where he earned a B.S. in finance.