Steven R. Smith
Steven R. Smith
AccuWeather, with global headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania, now reaches more than 1.5 billion people worldwide through smart phones, tablets, wired and mobile Internet sites, radio, television, newspapers, digital signage and the AccuWeather Network cable channel. Further, AccuWeather serves more than half of Fortune 500 companies as well as thousands of other businesses worldwide including such well respected brands as Amazon, Disney, Google, LG, Microsoft and Samsung. Recognized as the most accurate source of highly localized weather forecasts and warnings everywhere in the world with proven Superior Accuracy™, AccuWeather has saved tens of thousands of lives and prevented tens of billions of dollars in property losses.
Smith joined AccuWeather as a forecasting intern in the summer of 1997. In 1999, he began working full time as a staff meteorologist. Smith provided real-time weather consultation for a variety of clients in the media and commercial sector.
Smith’s strong interest in IT, combined with his passion for research and development of new products, led him to take the position of AccuWeather’s Data Acquisition Manager. His primary responsibilities included relationship management and development with outside vendors to provide core content and data services.
After holding a variety of positions that contributed to AccuWeather’s research, development and innovations , global weather data acquisition and management, as well as corporate IT, Smith was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2007, followed by a promotion to Chief Digital Officer in 2013, and he was then named President, Digital Media in 2015, a position he held until taking his current role.
Smith works with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research as a board member of their Community Advisory Committee for the National Center for Environmental Protection.
Born in Philadelphia, Smith earned a B.S. in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999. In 2004, he completed Penn State’s immersive Executive Management Program, to help executives think strategically and globally. He is currently participating in Yale’s Global Executive Leadership Program, an exclusive program aimed at continuing to enhance skills for executives who operate at the highest levels of global leadership.