National Geographic Society’s Christopher Liedel named President of Smithsonian Enterprises

WASHINGTON, DC.- Christopher Liedel, executive vice president and CFO for the National Geographic Society, has been named president of Smithsonian Enterprises following a national search. He begins work at the Smithsonian this month. Smithsonian Enterprises is the revenue-producing organization at the Institution. It has three primary business divisions: media, retail and business development and licensing. The media division includes Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines and their online products; Smithsonian Books; goSmithsonian, a brochure and online guide for visitors; and the Smithsonian Channel. In September 2011, Smithsonian Channel was awarded its first Emmy in cinematography for a nature documentary. The three-year-old channel is the youngest to have won an Emmy