The Weather Company (TWC) today announced the appointment of Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, to its board of directors. The American Red Cross, the nation’s leading emergency response and blood services organization, has a long-standing working relationship with TWC. The two entities recently announced a new partnership to promote weather safety & preparedness and to support the disaster relief work of the Red Cross, reinforcing a shared mission to keep the public safe and informed.
“Adding Gail as an outside director clearly gives us a uniquely qualified perspective on how we communicate about the impact of severe weather. However, her vast experience in both the non-profit and corporate sector go far beyond disaster response and I am certain she will add value to decisions regarding every aspect of our business,” said David Kenny, chairman and CEO, TWC.
“Having worked closely with The Weather Company, I have first-hand knowledge of the strength of its brands and expertise, as well as its commitment to public safety as a trusted provider of weather information,” said McGovern. “Joining the board will allow me to be a part of a company I have always admired and will provide me an opportunity to contribute to its future growth.”
Since joining the American Red Cross in 2008, McGovern has overseen the organization’s response to multiple high-profile disasters both domestically and abroad. Under her direction, the Red Cross eliminated a $209 million operating deficit in two years and has initiated extensive modernization projects including an overhaul of its IT systems, a nationwide expansion of Red Cross health and safety instruction, and the growth of the organization’s digital and social media presence.
On March 10, 2011, she was appointed as one of 10 members on President Barack Obama’s Management Advisory Board and serves as the only nonprofit leader on this White House panel.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, McGovern was a faculty member at theHarvardBusinessSchooland served as president of Fidelity Personal Investments, a unit of Fidelity Investments. She was also executive vice president for the consumer markets division at AT&T, responsible for AT&T’s $26 billion residential long-distance service and largest business unit.
McGovern earned a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master's of business administration degree from Columbia University, and has since been recognized as alumna of the year from both universities. She is currently a member of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University and the board of directors of DTE Energy. McGovern was recognized by Fortune magazine in 2000 and 2001 as one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporateAmerica.