Former Weather Company Executive Will Play a Key Role in Transforming Environmental Intelligence Into Health-Conscious Products That Enable Consumers to Self-Manage Exposure to Poor Air Quality
Today we announced the appointment of Paul Walsh as our new Head of Growth, N.A. Walsh is a decades-long veteran in the weather industry and an expert on the impact of weather and climate on consumers and business. He previously served as Vice President of Weather Analytics at The Weather Company and Global Director of Climate and Sustainability at IBM. At BreezoMeter, Walsh will focus on guiding North American businesses as they leverage environmental intelligence and air quality data for product forecasting, development and planning.
The increasing trend toward integrating hyper-local air quality data into products is only expected to grow as consumers become increasingly aware of how their regular exposure to hazardous air quality–caused by pollution, wildfire smoke, pollen and other sources–can negatively impact their health. As a result, companies are looking for new ways to help customers and users make more informed everyday decisions to protect their health, such as taking alternative driving routes or exploring new walking paths that won’t expose them to toxic pollutants, as well as larger life decisions, such as which city to live in.
In his new capacity as Head of Growth with BreezoMeter, Walsh seeks to expand the role that environmental data and insights play in product development and business forecasting by companies in the healthcare, insurance, smart home, and automotive industries. Walsh specializes in developing and creating weather-based analytical products that enable companies to discover, understand, forecast and execute business strategies based on the effects of weather and climate change on consumer demand, sentiment and needs.
“BreezoMeter’s ability to transform real-time environmental data into actionable insights is helping consumers make informed decisions about how to best protect themselves and giving businesses the ability to proactively support the consumers they serve,” said Walsh. “I’m looking forward to playing an active role in BreezoMeter’s growth story and helping companies power product and business decisions through our data and analytics.
Walsh’s deep expertise on the impact of weather on consumers and businesses has resulted in regular on-air appearances and commentary with media outlets, including The Weather Channel, CNBC, FOX Business, Bloomberg, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and others.
He began his career as a meteorologist in the United States Air Force where he provided weather-based intelligence support to war fighters and mission planners and served as the Chief of Weather Operations for the US Army’s elite 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm. Prior to IBM and The Weather Company, Walsh held senior roles at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Storm Exchange and Planalytics, Inc. Walsh is based in New York City.