Press Release: Geographic Names New Head of For-Profit Unit

National Geographic News
December 16, 2002

Dennis Patrick has been named president of National Geographic Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, John Fahey, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, has announced.

Patrick, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, president of AOL Wireless, CEO of Time Warner Telecommunications and, most recently, president and CEO of Patrick Communications Inc. and Doeg Hill Ventures LLC, will join the organization Jan. 6, 2003. Currently a trustee on the boards of the National Geographic Society and National Geographic Ventures, he will relinquish his seat on the Society's board as he assumes his new responsibilities. He succeeds Richard Allen, who has been appointed president and CEO of Vulcan Sports Media.

"National Geographic is extremely fortunate to have an executive of Dennis's caliber join our team. He brings a wealth of experience in a range of critical areas, including new technologies, cable and, of course, the regulatory arena. We've had the benefit of his wise counsel through his board service, and as a result, he knows us very well. Dennis's leadership and entrepreneurial savvy will be invaluable as we strive to expand the reach of the Society and further our mission," Fahey said in making the announcement.

"National Geographic is an incredible institution. The combination of its world-class brand, key assets and, most importantly, its talented employees give the organization unlimited potential in a number of existing and emerging markets. I could not be more excited about joining the team full time," Patrick said.

He will focus his attention on National Geographic's rapidly growing television and feature film production and cable channel businesses, as well as on the organization's cartography and dot-com units.

For the past several years, Patrick has been CEO of Patrick Communications Inc. (PCI), a telecommunications consulting firm, and Doeg Hill Ventures LLC (DHV), a venture capital group focused on early-stage investments in the communications industry. From 1999 to 2001, he was the first president of AOL Wireless. Between 1995 and his tenure with AOL, Patrick pursued venture capital opportunities through his companies, PCI and DHV. During this period, he founded and served as president and CEO of Milliware LP, a local-exchange telephone company using digital radio frequencies to transmit voice, video and data. Prior to founding Milliware, Patrick served as CEO of Time Warner Telecommunications, an operating group established by Time Warner to explore opportunities arising from the convergence of cable and telecommunications in the early 1990s.

Well-known in communication policy circles, Patrick served as a commissioner and then as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, from 1983 to 1989. Before his appointment to the FCC, Patrick was associate director of presidential personnel at the White House under President Reagan.

A native of California, Patrick received his A.B. degree magna cum laude from Occidental College in 1973, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and, most recently, was named a trustee. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976. Patrick lives with his wife and two children in McLean, Virginia.

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