Intersection announced Monday that its CEO Al Kelly will be stepping down to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Visa. Dan Doctoroff, chairman of Intersection and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, will serve as interim CEO.
The press release stated that the company will immediately embark on a search to identify a new CEO to spearhead the execution of the Company’s aggressive business strategy, which integrates data, connectivity, and media in public spaces to provide value to cities, citizens and brands.
In an interview Al Kelly gave for DOOH INSIGHTS Volume 5 pp18-20 he told us and we wrote, Al Kelly, former president of American Express, joined New York-based Intersection as president and CEO in March, 2016, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Intersection, and all the business units report to him.
Prior to being named American Express president, Kelly held several senior positions over his 23-year career there, including heading the Global Consumer Group. While at American Express he began the company’s digital transformation. Kelly also has significant experience managing public-private partnerships as president and CEO of the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and as chairman of the 2015 Papal Visit to New York City.
“I think specific things I bring from my 35-year career, and especially from my years at American Express, are my knowledge of bringing together public-private partnerships and of building brands to a high level,” he says.
On joining, Kelly had already decided that one of his first priorities would be to build the Intersection brand to a high level, while using the management skills and talents of the company to be sure that all existing and future clients are well served and could take advantage of the innovative solutions that Intersection offers.
“I joined Intersection on the day before the official launch of LinkNYC with Mayor de Blasio,” says Kelly. “In the six months since, we’ve installed hundreds of Links and have partnered with best-in-class brands on exciting advertising campaigns. The Wi-Fi network is currently gaining more than 20,000 new users each week and we’re seeing interest in the project from around the globe.
“We’ve also doubled our deployment of MTA On-the-Go kiosks and advanced relationships with our municipal, transit, and commercial customers across the country. I have seen first-hand how our unique set of capabilities and products can drive real change for cities and businesses. I’ve been inspired by these first few months and I’m energized about what’s to come.”
Al Kelly joined in March 2016 so barely lasted six months.