National Geographic Channels President Howard T. Owens Stepping Down

National Geographic Channels President Howard T. Owens Stepping Down

Owens, who joined the network in 2011, will exit in June

After two-plus years on the job, Howard T. Owens is leaving the National Geographic Channels.

The co-founder of Reveille and former William Morris agent joined the Washington DC-based group in late 2011, and as president, oversaw a major programming overhaul that included a slew of reality television series and specials based on Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's historical books.

“Brain Games,” “Wicked Tuna” and “Killing Lincoln” were among his signature programming achievements. In a statement, Peter Rice, National Geographic's CEO, praised Owens for breaking new ground and leaving the company “uniquely positioned for the future.”

“As I get ready for my next adventure I can't help but reflect on what has been an incredible experience for me, both personally and professionally,” Owens said in a statement. “National Geographic Channels have some of the brightest minds in the television business, and I'm proud of the work we have accomplished together — specifically in defining the National Geographic Channels as a destination for innovative, original and brand-defining creativity. I am deeply grateful to Peter, David and the entire National Geographic family for their collaboration and support, and look forward to working with them in new ways in the future.”