Statement from Jack Hayes, Director of NOAA's National Weather Service on Bill Read's announcement to retire as National Hurricane Center director, effective June 1

January 15, 2012

"On behalf of the entire NOAA family, I wish Bill much success and happiness as he pursues new opportunities following a busy term as director of the National Hurricane Center. Since becoming the director in 2008, Bill has provided superb leadership at the National Hurricane Center as 63 tropical systems formed across the Atlantic Basin, including during two of the more active seasons on record. Bill's departure leaves a noticeable void to fill and gives us this moment to reflect and be thankful for his illustrious 40-year career that has provided great service to our country."

Jack Hayes, Ph.D.
Director, NOAA's National Weather Service

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