Retired Chief Communications Officer for the National Geographic Society

Ms. Hudson was the chief communications officer of the National Geographic Society from April 2014 to December 2015 and previously served as the senior communications executive since 2000. She oversaw philanthropic development and was responsible for all communications and public affairs initiatives undertaken by the National Geographic Society and its subsidiaries, including media and public relations, community engagement and social media, brand stewardship, employee communications, and related marketing-communications activities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Georgia and received an honorary doctorate in commercial science from St. John’s University. She has more than 40 years of experience serving on the executive management teams of several national and international organizations, including publicly traded entities and one of the world’s largest scientific and research organizations. She brings extensive experience in strategic corporate communications, including financial and crisis communications management. She also co-chairs the Washington chapter of Women Corporate Directors.

Ms. Hudson’s extensive experience in communication and marketing initiatives combined with her knowledge of, exposure to and expertise in, developing and articulating sustainability programs is relevant to her role as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.

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