President Trump has chosen Barry Myers, the CEO of the private weather forecaster AccuWeather, to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In that role, Myers, who has served as the chief executive of AccuWeather since 2007, would head the agency charged with executing a broad portfolio of responsibilities ranging from providing severe storm warnings to managing the nation’s fisheries.
If confirmed by the Senate, the nomination would install a business executive at an agency more recently headed by scientists. Former President Obama’s last NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan, for example, was a geologist and former astronaut.
Ray Ban, the co-chair of the weather industry advocacy group the Weather Coalition, praised Myers’ success in growing AccuWeather’s business, and said he would bring that expertise to the Trump administration.
“[I]n an administration that places high value on business acumen, Barry brings a strong track record in growing one of the most successful companies in the weather industry,” Ban told The Washington Post.
Some environmental groups, like Ocean Conservancy, said that Myers would be charged with making decisions in the public interest, “not just the private interests of a company’s bottom-line.”
“If confirmed, it will be Myers’ duty to champion all facets of NOAA from the deep sea to outer space,” Ocean Conservancy CEO Janis Searles Jones said in a statement. “Myers has had nearly forty years in the private weather industry but the stakes at NOAA are different.”
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SOURCE: The Hill, Max Greenwood