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John Fahey
  John Fahey

National Geographic CEO Named Commencement Speaker

4/5/2006 --

Ceremony to take place April 28 at Crisler Arena.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—John Fahey, MBA '75 and president and chief executive officer of the National Geographic Society, will deliver the main address at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business spring commencement exercises at 5 p.m. April 28 at Crisler Arena.

Fahey, who also serves as chairman of the executive committee of the society's board of trustees, joined National Geographic in 1996 as the first president and CEO of National Geographic Ventures, the nonprofit society's separate, wholly owned subsidiary that includes National Geographic Television & Film, and National Geographic Maps.

During his tenure, Fahey has led an evolution of the National Geographic Society, including its entry into cable television with the National Geographic Channel, which airs in 27 languages and reaches over 285 million homes in 163 countries; the international expansion of National Geographic magazine; the launch of National Geographic Adventure magazine and National Geographic Explorer classroom magazine; and the relaunch of National Geographic Expeditions travel program.

Prior to joining National Geographic, Fahey was chairman, president and CEO of Time Life Inc.

He was selected as one of Advertising Age's top 100 marketers and one of the top 100 Irish Americans by Irish American magazine.

Fahey received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Manhattan College and his MBA from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Heidi, live in Washington D.C., with their children, Christopher, Kenneth and Allison.

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