Gander Mountain CEO Resigns
St. Paul Gander Mountain Co. announced Monday that Mark R. Baker has stepped down as president, chief executive and board member. Baker resigned to become president and COO of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., where he has served as a director since 2004.
David C. Pratt, Gander Mountain’s chairman of the board, will serve as CEO on an interim basis. Baker has agreed to remain as an employee of the company during a transition period ending on Sept. 30, 2008.
“During Mark’s tenure, Gander Mountain has grown to 115 stores in 23 states and re-entered the direct business with the acquisition of Overton’s and the recent launch of our new e-commerce site and catalog,” said Pratt on behalf of the board. “With Mark’s help, we have also put in place strategic and cost-saving initiatives that offer opportunities for improved performance during the remainder of fiscal 2008 and beyond.”
Gander said its board will begin the search for a permanent CEO immediately.
The Home Depot Names Exec VP, CIO
Atlanta The Home Depot named Matt Carey executive VP and CIO. Carey will join the company on Sept. 8.
Carey will have responsibility for all aspects of the company’s information technology, communication systems and services. He joins Home Depot from eBay, where he was senior VP and chief technology officer.
Prior to eBay, Carey spent more than 20 years with Wal-Mart, where his most recent role was senior VP and chief technology officer.
Carey will succeed Bob DeRodes, who announced in April his plans to depart the company following the selection of his replacement.
Abercrombie Board Member Dies at 69
Columbus, Ohio A member of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s board for the past three years died over the weekend, the company announced on Thursday.
Allan A. Tuttle, 69, passed away on Aug. 31. He was a lawyer for Washington, D.C.-based Patton Boggs LLP and served as general counsel to retailer Gucci Group N.V.