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National Geographic Leadership

Michael Ulica

Interim President and CEO

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Photograph by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

Michael Ulica is the Interim President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, where he oversees the nonprofit’s vast activities globally. Since 2016, he has also served as the organization’s executive vice president, chief operations and financial officer responsible for all of the Society’s operational and administration functions. In his capacities, he leads the organization’s programmatic strategy; impact agenda; marketing, development and financial functions; and human resources, legal, technology, facilities and sustainability departments.

Ulica joined National Geographic in 2006 as the chief financial officer for National Geographic Ventures, the Society’s taxable subsidiary. He was named the Society’s deputy chief financial officer in 2012 and the chief financial officer in 2014.

He 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 senior vice president and chief financial officer of the 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 serves on the Board of Overseers for 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.