Former President and CEO of the National Geographic Society
Tracy R. Wolstencroft’s career spans a wide range of leadership positions in global business, nonprofit, and non-governmental organizations: Partner of Goldman Sachs, President and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, and Co-Chairman of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
As a longstanding Partner of Goldman Sachs, Wolstencroft managed a broad range of the firm’s investment banking business around the world including in the United States, Latin America and Asia (where he lived and had primary responsibility in China, Japan and Singapore). During a three-decade career (1985-2013), he was a member of the firm-wide partnership committee, the investment banking operating committee, and was chairman of global relationship management. Subsequently, as an adviser to the firm he chaired Goldman’s global clean technology business.
Wolstencroft went on to become President and CEO, and then Chairman of Heidrick & Struggles (2014- 2019). With his leadership the firm stabilized, Heidrick’s brand and culture were revitalized, and revenues together with market capitalization grew significantly. The firm was transformed based on two priorities. Executive Search was expanded globally by levering the brand, diversity expertise, and relationships in the C-suite and boardroom. Heidrick Consulting was created to synthesize the firm’s valuable but individual based strategic insights and disparate data into an integrated and scalable platform. This proprietaryplatform strengthened and expanded the firm’s advisory business with clients engaged in accelerating the performance of their leaders, senior teams, and overall organizations.
A longtime trustee of the National Geographic Society (2008-present), Wolstencroft recently served as President and CEO during a pivotal time in the institution’s 131-year history. He managed the transition to and relationship with the Walt Disney Company as the Society’s new joint venture partner for its media arm, National Geographic Partners. During his tenure the senior leadership team was broadened and strengthened, the mission was refreshed to focus on exploration and education to illuminate and protect our planet, and strategic partnerships were established to further this mission.
Wolstencroft serves across a diverse range of boards including: as chair emeritus of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), whose mission is to respond to the world’s worst humanitarian and refugee crises, and as a longstanding trustee of the Brookings Institution and of the National Geographic Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Wolstencroft graduated with a BA in mathematics from Bowdoin College. He began his business career in JPMorgan's management training program.