REI Reappoints Jose Ignacio Lozano and Brenda Davis to Board of Directors

Aug 25, 2009

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a national retail cooperative providing quality outdoor gear and clothing, today announced the reappointment of Jose Ignacio Lozano and Brenda Davis to one-year terms on the company’s board of directors.

L ozano joined REI’s board in 2008 and served on the Audit and Finance Committee last year.  He currently is the vice chairman and founding executive vice president of impreMedia, LLC, the leading publisher of Spanish language print and online news media in the country. He is also the principal of Lozano Enterprises, a private investment firm that lends business expertise to start-up companies.   Additionally, he serves on the board of trustees for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and The Skadden Fellowship Foundation. An REI member since 1994, Lozano resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif. and is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys backpacking, skiing, mountain biking, surfing and sailing.

Davis was first appointed to REI’s board in 2007, and has served on the co-op’s Audit and Finance Committee for two years.  Davis is currently the chair of the governing council for The Wilderness Society, which works to save, protect and restore the nation's wilderness. She also serves on the board of the World Wildlife Fund. With extensive experience in governmental social and environmental policy on the state and federal levels, Davis retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2007 where she was an officer responsible for global compliance and vice president of technical resources. An REI member since 2006, she resides in Bozeman, Mont. and is a lifelong conservationist and outdoor enthusiast.

REI’s board of directors represents the co-op’s membership and provides oversight for the affairs and performance of the company. The board is comprised of 13 co-op members, 10 of whom are elected by the membership. REI’s president and CEO Sally Jewell is a member of the board by virtue of the position, and two members serve one-year appointed terms. Four committees operate within the board, including the Executive Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee, Compensation Committee and Audit and Finance Committee.

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 19 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 167 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, 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, a global leader that runs more than 250 itineraries across all continents. In every community 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.