Sally Jewell Profile
She joined REI as chief operating officer in 2000, after serving on its board of directors for four years, and was named CEO in March 2005. Jewell has been very active in a variety of community and civic causes, including the University of Washington Board of Regents, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, National Parks Conservation Association, and Initiative for Global Development – Business Leaders Working to End Global Poverty. In addition, Sally is an active spokesperson on behalf of REI and the industry regarding the importance of outdoor activities in the lives of Americans.
Prior to her employment at REI, Jewell’s career spanned 19 years in the banking industry, specializing in energy banking, national accounts and credit administration. She served as head of business banking activities in the state of Washington for Rainier Bank, Security Pacific Bank and WestOne Bank; as president and CEO of WestOne Bank Washington; and as president and CEO of Washington Mutual’s commercial banking group. Before pursuing her career in banking, Jewell was an engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation in Oklahoma and Colorado.
Jewell is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in mechanical engineering and enjoys mountaineering, hiking, snowboarding, skiing and kayaking.
For the past 10 consecutive years, REI has been ranked on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” list. The co-op is regarded for its leadership in employment practices and corporate social responsibility.