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SEATTLE â€“ Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), the nation’s leading retailer of quality outdoor gear and clothing, has appointed Angela Owen to the position of vice president of merchandising â€“ reporting to Matt Hyde, REI’s senior vice president of merchandising and logistics.
Owen, who joined REI’s staff in 1990, has been promoted through positions spanning all of REI’s product categories, with her most recent position being director of merchandise management for REI’s camp/paddle/travel division. In addition, she’s played a key role on several company-wide project teams, including retail store planning, category management and sales planning.
In her new role, Owen will develop merchandising strategies and provide leadership in the areas of product assortment and quality assurance, vendor partnership development, profitability and inventory management. In addition, she will work closely with REI product development, marketing, visual merchandising, retail and direct sales teams.
Owen is also a volunteer with the Northwest Interpretive Association, and in her spare
time she enjoys skiing and travel. Prior to joining REI, Owen worked at Eddie Bauer, Inc. where she held several buying positions in snowsports, basics and cycling.
REI is an outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its more than 2.5 million active members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI operates retail stores nationwide, two online stores â€“ REI.com and REI-OUTLET.com â€“ and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures. REI offers products from all of the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, hiking, outdoor fitness, paddling, snow sports and travel, including its own line of award-winning gear and apparel. While anyone may join or shop at REI, members pay a one-time $15 fee and receive a share in the company’s profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases. As an active supporter of the communities in which it does business, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through education, volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: A photo of Angela Owen is available upon request.