REI Members Elect Two New Directors

Apr 29, 2014

REI’s members recently elected two new directors to represent their interests on the co-op’s board of directors. The national outdoor gear and apparel retailer held its Annual Members’ Meeting on April 28 at its iconic flagship store in downtown Seattle, where the voting results were announced.

Co-op members elected Karen E. (Kari) Glover and Sharon Philpott to three-year terms and re-elected Cheryl Scott to a three-year term. Earlier in the year, the REI board re-appointed Chloe Harford and Matt Compton to one-year terms.

A Seattle resident, Glover practiced law for 30 years at Preston Gates & Ellis, where she was managing partner of the firm. Currently, she serves on the board of trustees of her alma mater, Whitman College, and on the board of United Way Worldwide where she is the chair of the executive compensation committee. She also chairs the board of VillageReach, is chair-elect of the Urban Libraries Council and is immediate past president of the King County Library System Foundation.

Philpott resides in White Salmon, Wash. She is a certified public accountant and currently is a member of the finance and audit committee of the Oregon Health and Science University Foundation and on the advisory council of The Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies at The College of William and Mary. Previously, Philpott was the Seattle office managing partner of BDO USA, LLP.  She also served 24 years with EY in domestic and global leadership positions. She has been a board member of the Washington Society of CPAs since 2011.

Scott has served on REI’s board since 2005. Formerly the CEO of Group Health Cooperative, Scott is a senior advisor with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she provides strategic support and counsel to the Global Development Program. She joined the Gates Foundation in 2006 as chief operating officer.

Harford resides in Seattle. She has a background in digital commerce, including her current position as vice president of rentals at Zillow, a leading online real estate information marketplace. She also serves on the board of directors of The Mountaineers.

Compton is CEO of ShopIgniter, Inc., a Portland, Ore.-based software company that provides an enterprise social marketing platform. Previously, he was a Venture Partner at Madrona Venture Group and is an active advisor in the Portland technology community. In addition to his business background, Compton serves on the board of the Access Fund, an advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment.

In addition, the board re-elected John Hamlin for another year as chair and re-elected Scott as vice chair. Departing board members Michael Smith, Seattle, and Jesse King, Evergreen, Colo., were also recognized and thanked during the Annual Meeting for their years of service and valuable contributions to the co-op and its members.

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 more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 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.