Kent outdoor retail co-op REI has announced three recent hires to lead its teams in legal, information technology and REI Co-op Brands: Wilma Wallace, Christine Putur and Chris Speyer.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the talented group of leaders joining the team this year. Our board of directors and leadership team have a long-term commitment to make a positive impact on our employees, our members, our business and society,” says REI CEO Jerry Stritzke. “Each of these leaders will contribute significantly to that mission.
Wallace joined REI in October as the co-op’s new vice president, general counsel and legal secretary. Wallace joins REI from an interim general counsel position at Enveritas. Prior to that, she spent more than two decades as a senior leader on the legal team at Gap Inc., overseeing many of the company’s legal, compliance, social responsibility and public policy efforts.
Putur was added as the co-op’s new chief information officer in November after four years as executive vice president and CIO at Coach. Prior to that, she was at Staples for 13 years and held numerous IT roles before taking on the global CIO role in July 2011. She is also on the board of Information Services Group, a global technology research and advisory firm.
And Speyer joined REI in October, after nearly five years as chief operating officer and then CEO at Accell North America. He previously spent 10 years at Calgary’s Forzani Group, serving in operational and merchant roles. At REI, Speyer will oversee the design, production and sales of all REI Co-op products, including apparel, technical gear and the newly announced line of Co-op Cycles.