September 18, 2007
AccuWeather Names Barry Lee Myers Chief Executive Officer
Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers Assumes Expanded Strategic Role
(State College, PA, September 18, 2007 ) - AccuWeather, Inc. (www.accuweather.com) today announced that Barry Lee Myers has been named Chief Executive Officer.
As CEO, Barry Lee Myers assumes direct responsibility for the company's rapidly growing New Media initiatives in the wired and mobile web, as well as for the company's 24x7 Local AccuWeather Channel, which appears on digital cable in major markets nationwide. The company's CFO and Office of Legal Services also report to him. Barry Myers has already communicated an agenda for accelerating the company's strong growth path.
In announcing the promotion, Dr. Joel N. Myers, AccuWeather Founder, Chairman and President, said, "Barry has played a key role in our company's growth and also in our New Media initiatives since their inception. His promotion will ensure that these key areas continue to benefit from his insight and leadership and that the entire company has ongoing strong leadership in this era of exciting new technological and business opportunities. At the same time, this change will allow me personally to focus more on the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities and the articulation of the strategic vision for AccuWeather's long-term future."
Dr. Joel N. Myers, the company's founder, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board and active President. In addition, the company's sales and marketing functions will continue to report to Dr. Joel N. Myers, with assistance in this area by the new CEO.
"AccuWeather's 45 years of business growth stem in large measure from our continuous focus on meeting customer needs with solutions that deliver unmatched value. My personal involvement with strategic partners, key customers, and our customer-facing sales and marketing functions will help to ensure that our future strategies are equally well positioned for our customers and the marketplace," Dr. Joel Myers said.
Barry Lee Myers has been an integral part and leading force of AccuWeather executive management since shortly after the company's founding and has most recently served as the company's Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He has been responsible for directing the strategic initiatives of the company and developing many of the company's acquisitions, major business relationships, and ground-breaking opportunities, including the Local AccuWeather Channel, now on the air in over thirty markets following its launch just over a year ago. Over the past two years he has been providing increased overall corporate leadership.
Prior to joining AccuWeather in a full-time role, Barry Lee Myers served for 18 years on the Graduate School faculty at Penn State as a member of its nationally recognized Smeal College of Business. Since 1990, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Weather Services Association, the weather industry's trade association, serving as the industry's chief federal-relations officer. Barry Lee Myers is recognized as an expert in weather information exchange and public/private relationships in the weather field. He also has served as advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Weather Service at the U.N. World Meteorological Organization Meetings in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Barry Lee Myers received both his bachelor of science in business administration and economics and his master in business (ABD) from Penn State. His J.D. is from the Boston University School of Law.
AccuWeather, The World's Weather Authority™, presents accurate, localized, branded forecasts and severe weather bulletins to over 110 million Americans each day via the Internet, mobile devices and IPTV, through the airwaves, in print and on digital signage. The 113 meteorologists at AccuWeather deliver a portfolio of customized products and services to media, business, government, and institutions, and inform millions of visitors worldwide through the free AccuWeather.com website. AccuWeather also provides content onto more than 20,000 third-party Internet sites, including CNN Interactive, ABC's owned and operated stations, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Visit www.accuweather.com for more information.
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