Weather Channel Hires Digital-Ad Expert as CEO

The owners of the Weather Channel abruptly replaced the company’s chief executive, Mike Kelly, naming a digital advertising veteran in his place.

Weather Channel Cos., owned jointly by private-equity firms Blackstone Group LP, Bain Capital and Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal, appointed David Kenny as chairman and chief executive. Most recently president of digital-technology company Akamai Technologies Inc., Mr. Kenny, 50 years old, previously had a long career in the ad business.

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