The board of directors of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) has named Brian Unmacht as the co-op’s Interim CEO. REI’s sitting CEO, Sally Jewell, has been engaged in the confirmation process to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet.
The REI board decided that an Interim CEO provides definitive executive accountability during Jewell’s absence through the confirmation process and also establishes interim leadership if she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. If Jewell is confirmed, the REI board will conduct a national search for the next CEO.
Unmacht has enjoyed a 27-year career at REI, most recently serving as EVP and COO. As COO, Unmacht has overseen the company’s operating divisions and its Information Technology group.
In addition to naming Unmacht Interim CEO, the board has named Eric Artz the co-op’s Interim COO, reporting to Unmacht. Artz, who is currently REI’s CFO, joined REI in 2012. In addition to overseeing the finance and marketing divisions, Artz, as Interim COO, will oversee merchandising, REI private brands and the supply chain.
Jewell has been REI’s CEO since 2005. She was nominated for Interior Secretary on February 6 by President Obama to replace current Secretary Ken Salazar.