Michael J. Kelly to head TWCC

Replaces interim CEO Lisa Gersh

Michael J. Kelly, former president of AOL Media Networks, has been named president/CEO of the Weather Channel Companies, owned by a group led by NBC Universal.

He will oversee TWCC's operations, including the Weather Channel, the Weather Channel Interactive, weather.com, the Weather Channel Mobile and Weather Services International.

Kelly will take the reins of the company from Lisa Gersh, president of strategic initiatives at NBC Uni who had been serving as interim CEO of TWCC since September when NBC Uni, with the help of private aquity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital, aquired TWCC in September for $3.5 billion.

Kelly most recently was an advisor for media-focuswd private-equity fund Veronious Suhler Stevenson.

Before that he spent three years as president of AOL Media.