– Gallaudet, Former NOAA Acting Administrator and Oceanographer of the Navy, is CEO of Ocean STL Consulting and Host of the American Blue Economy Podcast
– Shepherd, Former President of the American Meteorological Society, is Director of the University of Georgia Atmospheric Sciences Program and Member of the National Academy of Sciences
BOSTON, Feb. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Tomorrow Companies Inc. (“Tomorrow.io”), developer of a leading platform for global weather and climate security, today announced the addition of Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., U.S. Navy (ret) and Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd to the company’s advisory board.
Rear Adm. Gallaudet was the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He was Oceanographer of the Navy and Commander of the Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command. Dr. Shepherd was President of the American Meteorological Society. He is Director of the University Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program, Host of The Weather Channel’s Weather Geeks talk show, and a Contributor to Forbes Magazine.
In December, Tomorrow.io announced plans to list on Nasdaq through a merger with Pine Technology Acquisition Corp. (“Pine Technology”) (Nasdaq: PTOC, PTOCW, PTOCU). Upon closing of the transaction, Tomorrow.io’s common stock and warrants are expected to trade on Nasdaq under the new ticker symbols “TMW” and “TMWW”.
Rear Adm. Gallaudet and Dr. Shepherd bring intimate knowledge and deep experience in weather, climate, oceans, government and the military to help shape Tomorrow.io’s technology development and market offerings, including its software platform that automates and scales weather-related decision-making, and its first-of-its-kind weather satellite constellation with initial launches planned to start in late 2022.
“Admiral Gallaudet and Dr. Shepherd are two of the most accomplished leaders of the entire global weather community,” said Shimon Elkabetz, Co-founder and CEO of Tomorrow.io. “Their unmatched combination of expertise will guide us in revolutionizing weather intelligence and climate resilience for governments, militaries, businesses, communities and vulnerable populations.”
As NOAA Acting Administrator from 2017 to 2019, Rear Adm. Gallaudet oversaw a $6 billion annual budget and led the agency’s management of U.S. weather satellites, weather services, fisheries, coastal resources and waterways, and environmental research. As NOAA Deputy Administrator from 2017 to 2021, he led NOAA’s Blue Economy activities to advance marine transportation, ocean exploration and mapping, and coastal resilience. He also oversaw NOAA’s Arctic research and operations and led the development and execution of NOAA’s Artificial Intelligence, Uncrewed Systems, ‘Omics, Cloud, Data, and Citizen Science strategies.
Gallaudet served for 32 years in the U.S. Navy as a Meteorology and Oceanography Officer. His experience includes providing critical weather and ocean information for aircraft carrier combat operations, counterterrorism activities with Navy SEAL Teams, anti-submarine warfare support, and deep-sea research and development. He completed his Navy career as the Oceanographer of the Navy and Commander for the Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command.
“Our weather has changed and is making a huge impact on almost every aspect of daily operations from corporations to cities to the military,” said Rear Adm. Gallaudet. “Tomorrow.io’s highly differentiated weather intelligence technology and upcoming satellite constellation are a game changer for businesses, municipalities, and military operations facing a new era in weather and climate extremes. I wish we had had access to such capabilities when I was with the Navy.”
Dr. Shepherd has directed the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program since 2006. Previously, he spent 12 years as a Research Meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and was Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement satellite mission. He has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed academic articles.
Dr. Shepherd has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004, he received the Presidential Early Career Award from President George W. Bush for pioneering research in weather and climate science. He was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the Florida State University Department of Meteorology, and the second African American to preside over the American Meteorological Society.
“It’s time to acknowledge that record-breaking weather conditions are becoming routine, and we must build up our resilience and ability to mitigate their impacts. This is especially true for vulnerable and marginalized communities who disproportionately experience the impacts of extreme weather and climate,” said Dr. Shepherd. “Tomorrow.io is well positioned to accelerate the advances in forecasts, warnings and decision support that will underpin a new era in weather, water and climate services.”
Tomorrow.io is The World’s Weather and Climate Security Platform, helping countries, businesses, and individuals manage their weather and climate security challenges. The platform is fully customizable to any industry impacted by the weather. Customers around the world, including Uber, Delta, Ford, National Grid, and more use Tomorrow.io to dramatically improve operational efficiency. Tomorrow.io was built from the ground up to help teams prepare for the business impact of weather by automating decision-making and enabling climate adaptation at scale. To learn more, please go to: www.tomorrow.io