REI Announces 2009 Board Election Results at Annual Membership Meeting

Apr 1, 2009

Outdoor gear and apparel retailer Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) announced its 2009 board election results during its annual membership meeting held Monday, March 30 at the Seattle flagship store.

Cooperative members voted to return incumbents Ivar Chhina, Joanne Harrell and Chuck Katz to three-year terms.

Chhina of Burlingame, Calif., was elected to his second term on the REI board of directors. Chhina is a venture partner in a capital/private equity firm. In 2008, he served as the vice chair for the co-op’s board and chair of the REI’s Audit and Finance Committee.

Harrell of Seattle, Wash., was elected to a third term on the board after her initial appointment in 2001. Last year, she served as the chair of REI’s Compensation Committee. Harrell is an executive at a worldwide software company.

Katz of Palo Alto, Calif., was elected to his ninth year on REI’s board. He is the manager of a family investment business and charitable foundation. In 2008, he was a member of REI’s Nominating and Governance Committee.

The board of directors also selected its officers for 2009. Anne Farrell, former president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation, was re-elected as chair. Ivar Chhina of Burlingame, Calif., was re-elected vice chair.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 24 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. In addition to the co-op’s many stores across the country, outdoor enthusiasts can shop at, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. Everyone is welcome to shop REI, but members who join the co-op enjoy a range of benefits. More than a retailer, REI is a purpose-driven and values-led company dedicated to enabling life outside for all.