Lisa Thomas has been promoted to publisher and editorial director of adult books at National Geographic. She has served as senior v-p and editorial director of National Geographic Adult Books since 2014, and has been with the company since 2001.

According to the publisher, Thomas will oversee National Geographic’s books editorial group, which publishes roughly 40 titles a year in categories including history, science, photography, travel, and illustrated reference. She will report to Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National
 Geographic Partners
 and editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine, and to Rosa Zeegers, executive v-p of consumer products and experiences.

"Lisa is a creative, forward-thinking editor who knows how to get the best out of writers,” Goldberg said in a statement. “At the same time, she understands the demands of modern publishing—whether in print or pixel—and is a terrific strategist for National Geographic as we reposition our content for the next generation of readers and users."

Thomas said she was taking on the role at "an exciting time" for the division as it pursues "big books and world-class storytellers.”