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Owens named NatGeo president

Former Reveille exec replaces Schiffman

National Geographic Channels has tabbed former Reveille exec Howard T. Owens as its new president.

Owens, who will replace outgoing topper Steve Schiffman, was managing director at Reveille for nine years and began when Ben Silverman launched the company. He left Reveille earlier this year and has been consulting for them since.

Among the series that were under Owens purview at Reveille were “The Biggest Loser,” “The Office” and “Ugly Betty.”

He will report to CEO David Lyle, who said, “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.”

Owens will oversee the programming, development, communications, research and business affairs units at the U.S. networks as well as working closely on the strategic business efforts of the networks’ ad sales and affiliate teams. Schiffman plans to stay at the network through a transition period.

Also moving to NatGeo is Courteney Monroe, who will serve in the newly created position of chief marketing officer for the U.S. channels. Monroe recently ankled HBO where she was exec VP of consumer marketing and digital platforms.

Cabler also announced two promotions: Michael Cascio is now exec VP of programming for National Geographic Channel U.S. and Chris Albert to senior VP of communications worldwide and talent relations.

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