The Weather Channel Companies Tuesday named former Akamai president David Kenny as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Kenny will oversee the operations of the Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group, and NBC Universal-owned The Weather Channel and work closely with the management team to "leverage the company's unique collection of media assets and spearhead the further development of a comprehensive, integrated strategy to accelerate its growth in the United States and internationally,"according to the TWC consortium.
"I was attracted to The Weather Channel because weather is fascinating," said Kenny in a statement. "Accurate, timely forecasting is an everyday necessity for people and businesses everywhere. The Weather Channel has ubiquitous reach across our TV, digital and mobile platforms, and that's what makes us so unique."
Kenny was previously president of content delivery network provider Akamai. Prior to that, he co-founded and served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe.
Kenny replaces Mike Kelly, who has served as the company's President and CEO since 2009. Kelly will remain with the company as a special adviser to the CEO and the Board of Directors of TWCC, as well as an adviser to Bain Capital.
"We are grateful to Mike Kelly for the significant contributions he has made to the progress of the business over the last two years, including record revenue and profitability," said the TWC consortium.