Jill Cress serves as Chief Marketing Officer of National Geographic Partners. In this role, Cress oversees the overall global brand vision, driving all marketing activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the National Geographic brand and entities around the world. Cress was tapped as CMO in 2016 after a long tenure at MasterCard, bringing with her a depth of consumer insights expertise that put her in a powerful position to help revitalize the world-renowned brand. In less than a year, Jill and her team have demonstrated the promise and power of the brand, bringing in new audiences and higher levels of engagement that they are translating into more holistic partnership platforms and revenue opportunities. A self-described “explorer at heart”, Cress has traveled to over 60 countries. She was featured in Variety’s 2017 Marketing Impact Report and is a frequent speaker at leading marketing industry events around the world.