Gary E. Knell is president and chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop. He leads this nonprofit educational organization in its mission to create innovative, engaging content that maximizes the educational power of all media to help children reach their highest potential.
Knell has been instrumental in focusing the organization on Sesame Street's global mission, including groundbreaking co-productions in South Africa, India, Northern Ireland and Egypt. He helped found PBS Kids Sprout, a 24-hour domestic cable channel in the United States.
Knell is vice-chair of the AARP Services, Inc. Board of Directors.