Who’s on the move: Brian Unmacht named interim CEO at REI; Jim Waite to lead Zanier Sports into U.S.; Topo Athletic expands sales team; and more …

Find out who’s on the move in the outdoor industry.
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), in Seattle, has named Brian Unmacht its interim CEO, while the co-op’s sitting CEO, Sally Jewell, undergoes the confirmation process to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Unmacht has spent 27 years at REI serving most recently as the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. In addition to naming Unmacht interim CEO, the board has named Eric Artz as its interim COO. Artz, who is currently REI’s CFO, joined the co-op in 2012. The REI board decided that an interim CEO provides definitive executive accountability during Jewell’s absence through the confirmation process and also establishes interim leadership if she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. If Jewell is confirmed, the REI board will conduct a national search for the next CEO.
  • Zanier Sports, in Austria, hired Jim Waite to head its new U.S. office in Richmond, Vt. Waite will serve as U.S. director of sales, responsible for spearheading the sales and marketing initiatives in the United States, specifically opening new distribution channels for Zanier Sports. Waite will oversee a team of independent sales representatives that includes: Sandra Bolduc and Joanne Petrucelli (New England); Erik Weber (Mid Atlantic); Jeff Burkley, JAB Sports Inc. (Rockies); Matt Cassidy (Northwest); Rick King and Chad King, The King Group (Midwest); and Ben Phillips (Southeast). Julie Waite will serve as office manager and Sue Killoran of Killoran Communications will handle Zanier’s public relations.
  • Topo Athletic, in Newton, Mass., named new sales agencies to help manage sales for the brand in their respective regions. The agencies include: Kahl and Partners (Rockies); Kevin Brew and Associates (Mid Atlantic); Northwest Reps (Northwest); Sullivan-Bishop Agency (Mid South); Up East Sales (New England); and Waypoint Sales (Midwest). Topo Vice President of Sales Chris Cohen will coordinate with all the agencies.
  • Nikwax North America, in Seattle, hired The Sherpa Group Two, headed by Jack Powell as its sales representative in the Northwest region, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Sherpa Group Two also represents manufacturers Montrail, Mountain Hardwear, Princeton Tec, Wigwam, Buff, Hydroflask and Switch.
  • Boreas Gear, in San Francisco, named Mike Felix as its new sales representative in the mid-Southwest region.

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--Compiled by David Clucas