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National Geographic Leadership

Tracy R. Wolstencroft

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tracy Wolstencroft, CEO, National Geographic Society


Tracy R. Wolstencroft is President and CEO of the National Geographic Society (NGS). He oversees the institution’s global strategy to achieve its vision: A Planet in Balance. His responsibilities include advancing the Society’s legacy of — and continued investments in —groundbreaking science, exploration, education, and storytelling. In addition, Wolstencroft leads the Society’s relationship with National Geographic Partners (NGP), the joint venture between NGS and Disney, to further drive unparalleled brand recognition through the extensive reach of its global media arm. Wolstencroft serves on the Society’s Board of Trustees as well as the NGP Board of Directors.

Previously, Wolstencroft spent ten years on the Society’s Board of Trustees. He was a key architect in the transformation of the Society’s mission and strategy, working to establish the joint venture that created NGP, and expanding National Geographic’s footprint internationally.

Wolstencroft’s distinguished international career spans over three decades with business expertise ranging from global finance to executive leadership solutions.

From 2014 to 2017, he served as president and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, a premier provider of senior-level executive searches, leadership consulting, and culture-shaping services worldwide. In July 2017, Wolstencroft was appointed chairman of the firm’s board of directors, a role he continues today.

Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Wolstencroft was a longtime partner at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 25 years. He led a wide array of the firm’s investment banking businesses and advised a diverse range of corporate and government clients across the United States, Asia, and Latin America. Upon retiring, he served as an adviser to the firm and chair of Goldman’s global clean technology practice.

Throughout his career, Wolstencroft has contributed to global nonprofit organizations with impact-driven missions. He currently serves as co-chair of the International Rescue Committee, is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Wolstencroft graduated with a B.A. from Bowdoin College.