Space-based data, analytics and space services provider Spire Global, Inc. has added Kevin Petty as vice president of weather.
“It’s a really interesting time in history to be an atmospheric scientist, and certainly to be joining a company like Spire, which is fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities associated with weather analysis and forecasting,” Petty said.
Petty will lead a team of Spire weather scientists and oversee Spire’s weather solutions worldwide. He will also guide Spire’s weather data offerings across the company’s other solution areas of maritime, aviation, Earth intelligence and space services.
“Kevin brings with him deep scientific knowledge and extensive industry expertise, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Spire team,” said CEO Peter Platzer. “He will play an integral role in helping Spire provide our customers with even more accurate and valuable weather solutions, enabling them to meet the ever-increasing challenges associated with the impact of climate change on their organizations and in their communities.”
Prior to Spire, Petty served at The Weather Co., an IBM Business, as head of science and forecasting and head of public-private partnerships. He was responsible for research and development for weather solutions and forecasting operations, including building a global team of meteorologists across IBM’s Watson Media and Weather organization.
“Spire is uniquely positioned to empower governments and companies around the world with space-based data that can help advance understanding and mitigation of the impacts of extreme weather,” Petty said.