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 21.5 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 179 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.