Five months after he exited as managing director of Reveille, Howard T. Owens has been named President of the National Geographic Channels US. He will replace Steve Schiffman, who is staying through the transition, and will report to David Lyle, CEO, National Geographic Channels US and Global Programming. “I have known Howard for more than a decade, and I am confident he is the right person at the right time to take our network into our next era,” Lyle said. Owens will work with Lyle on the overall supervision of the domestic channels — the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo — owned jointly by the Fox Networks Group and the National Geographic Society. Owens will oversee the programming, development, communications, research and business affairs units at the U.S. networks. Owens spent the last 9 years at Reveille where he was the first employee when Ben Silverman launched it in 2002.
Additionally, Lyle named Courteney Monroe to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer for the U.S. Channels. Michael Cascio has been elevated to EVP, Programming for National Geographic Channel US, and Chris Albert is promoted to SVP, Communications Worldwide and Talent Relations.Monroe will report to Lyle; Cascio to Owens.