Promotions announced at REI

SEATTLE -- Recreational Equipment Inc. announced that Sue Sallee joined the company in the newly created position of VP accounting and finance. The company has also promoted Angela Owen, Tim Spangler and Tom Vogl to SVPs  of the merchandising, retail, and marketing divisions respectively.

Sallee will lead the accounting, finance, treasury, tax/payroll, and purchasing teams. She joins the co-op from T-Mobile USA where she had been employed since 2005. She most recently served as the company’s VP and controller. Sallee is a certified public accountant, and her career also includes accounting roles in other wireless companies. She started her career in public accounting as an auditor, primarily serving publicly-held companies. 

In addition, REI’s board of directors recently approved the promotion of three of REI’s leadership team members to the position of senior vice president.

In her 21 years of REI service, Owen has led various merchandising functions, currently overseeing the division’s product assortment, financial planning, inventory management strategies and vendor partnership development. She was promoted fromVP merchandising. Owen also serves as board VP for The Conservation Alliance, a group of outdoor industry companies that funds and partners with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.

Spangler joined REI in 1993 and most recently served as VP retail, following other leadership roles within the company. Spangler oversees 114 stores and is accountable for all store field operations. He serves on the board of NatureBridge, an organization dedicated to engaging youth through national parks in the West.

Vogl joined REI in 2006 as VP marketing. Among his responsibilities, Vogl oversees brand creative and production, customer insights, advertising, direct mail, social media and marketing planning. He serves on the board of the Chief Seattle Council for the Boy Scouts of America and is himself a scoutmaster.


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