AccuWeather Announces Executive Leadership Elevations
Kurt Fulepp becomes President of Digital and Brian Baker has been promoted to Chief Product and Design Officer.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center, June 15, 2022 - AccuWeather, the most used and proven most accurate source of forecasts and warnings globally, proudly announced that Kurt Fulepp has been promoted to President of Digital, reporting to President Steven R. Smith. Brian Baker will become AccuWeather’s Chief Product and Design Officer, the position previously held by Fulepp. Both promotions are effective immediately.
“Kurt and Brian are well-respected leaders within AccuWeather and to our external partners, having played a vital role in orchestrating and executing on our aggressive and innovative digital product roadmap,” said Smith. “They have made an indelible contribution to our long history of accelerated growth, and I am delighted to announce these important, strategic appointments. I look forward to the further implementation of their vision for AccuWeather, serving our mission to help people, businesses and communities prosper, while delivering products that help people live better, safer lives.”
Fulepp was hired to be AccuWeather’s Chief Product Officer in 2017. Under his supervision, the company redesigned and reengineered AccuWeather.com® website and released a reimagined version of its flagship award-winning AccuWeather app, rolled out the life-saving AccuWeather Hurricane Tracker™ providing a real-time visualization of tropical storms as they develop for users in hurricane-prone areas, and expanded the popular AccuWeather MinuteCast® feature from 2 to 4 hours leading up to its highly anticipated launch into Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean, making AccuWeather the only source for short-term forecasts in those areas, among other groundbreaking innovations.
As President of Digital, he will be responsible for all aspects of AccuWeather’s digital portfolio including product management and design, software development and technologies, audience development/growth and digital analytics, content and editorial (including the AccuWeather Network and the AccuWeather NOW™ streaming service), as well as overall digital strategy and business performance. Previously, Fulepp was Vice President, Digital General Manager - News and Business at Time, Inc. leading the digital brands of TIME, Money & Fortune. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Product at AOL, Inc., where he oversaw product management, technology and design of AOL’s core business of AOL.com, as well as a portfolio of lifestyle brands focused on food, style and weddings. During his time at AOL, Kurt also served as General Manager of MAKERS.com, providing end-to-end leadership for a first-of-its-kind multiplatform video destination, profiling exceptional women and their groundbreaking achievements. after a long career in media and technology.
“Over the past four years, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside Brian [Baker] and the Product organization to release a suite of beautifully designed, award-winning products that support AccuWeather’s mission to enhance the quality of life for our users every day,” said Fulepp. “As we continue to see audience and revenue growth across all our products, I look forward to working with Joel, Steve, Brian and the AccuWeather leadership to continue the positive momentum we’ve generated and carry forward AccuWeather’s success.”
Reporting to Fulepp, Brian Baker joined AccuWeather in 2017 as Senior Vice President of Product and Design and his promotion to Chief Product and Design Officer is a natural evolution of his responsibilities. In this next chapter, Brian will continue building upon the progress made across the portfolio, as well as introducing new offerings including consumer subscriptions, streaming and a redesigned AccuWeather for Business product. Baker came to AccuWeather from The Walt Disney Company.
“Seeing the reception and recognition that our redesigned products have received by our users has been a career highlight and while I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve completed, it’s just the beginning” said Baker. “I could not be more grateful for this opportunity to expand on what Kurt and I have built together alongside Joel, Steve and the wider AccuWeather team. Expanding our offerings into new verticals and segments is a challenge that I’m eagerly awaiting”.
Under the leadership of Fulepp and Baker, AccuWeather’s newly designed app won three prestigious awards by the World Meteorological Association in 2020, including the top category of “Best Design and Presentation of Information, User-Friendliness; Access and Customization” (Private Sector); as well as “Best User Interface and Data Representation” (Innovation); and “Best Weather Warnings” (Private Sector). The app’s central feature, AccuWeather MinuteCast® precipitation forecast, clinched the 2022 People’s Voice Webby Award in the category of “Apps and Software – General Apps; Services & Utilities,” and ZdNET recently selected AccuWeather as its top pick of the “five best weather apps.”
AccuWeather reaches more than 1.5 billion people worldwide through its digital and media properties across all platforms and serves more than half of the Fortune 500 companies and thousands of other businesses and government agencies globally.
AccuWeather®, recognized and documented as the most accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings in the world, has saved tens of thousands of lives, prevented hundreds of thousands of injuries and tens of billions of dollars in property damage. With global headquarters in State College, PA and other offices around the world, AccuWeather serves more than 1.5 billion people daily to help them plan their lives and get more out of their day through digital media properties, such as the AccuWeather.com® website and AccuWeather mobile application, as well as radio, television, newspapers, and the 24/7 AccuWeather Network channel and AccuWeather NOWTM streaming service. AccuWeather For Business serves more than half of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of businesses globally.â¯
AccuWeather produces and distributes news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. Among AccuWeather’s many innovative and award-winning features available free to the public are MinuteCast® forecasts with Minute by Minute® updates and Superior Accuracy ™, the patented AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature and current conditions, and AccuWeather RealImpact™ scale for Hurricanes.â¯ Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, established AccuWeather in 1962 and is considered the “father of modern commercial meteorology.” Dr. Myers, a leading creative thinker and visionary, has been named “the most accurate man in weather” by The New York Times and one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur’s Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs.
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