Michela A. English
Ms. English has been a Director since June 5, 2002. Until March 31, 2004, English held the positions of President, Discovery Enterprises Worldwide, and President, Discovery.com, launching and rapidly developing new initiatives that build upon and enhance Discovery's television brands and consumer relationships. Ms. English is an experienced executive with a wide-ranging background in marketing, corporate planning and business development. She most recently served as Senior Vice President of the National Geographic Society, where she was responsible for marketing, book publishing, Traveler magazine, World magazine for children, educational media and international publishing. English spearheaded the 1995 launch of National Geographic magazine in the Japanese language, the publication's first-ever non-English edition. She had previously served as Vice President of Marketing, directing product development and marketing activities for Society membership, books, videos, magazines and other educational products. She was a member of the Society's Board of Trustees and Education Foundation Board. Prior to her tenure at the National Geographic Society, English served as a Consultant for such clients as Marriott Corporation and MCI. She had also been Vice President, corporate planning and business development for Marriott Corporation. Prior to Marriott, English worked as Senior Engagement Manager for the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company, helping top management in major media and diversified companies design and implement strategic plans, improvements in operations and organizational changes. Ms. English is active within the volunteer, nonprofit and corporate communities. She has served as Director of Riggs National Corporation in Washington, DC; Director of Windsor Pet Care, Inc. of Hasbrouk Heights, NJ; Trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, DC; a member of the Yale School of Management Advisory Board in New Haven, CT; and a Director of the Potomac KnowledgeWay. She currently serves as a Director of the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), and as Chairman of the Board of Sweet Briar College. English received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs at Sweet Briar College and a Master of Public and Private Management degree from Yale University's School of Management.