REI CEO asked to join Obama's cabinet


Outdoor enthusiast Sally Jewell, CEO of the Kent-based outdoor equipment cooperative REI, has been tapped by President Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior. She would be the first woman be named to the president's second-term cabinet. She would succeed outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The U.S. Department of oversees many federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Burea of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service. Read more about Jewell in this Executive Q&A from our March 2012 issue and about REI in our story on cooperatives in the February 2013 issue.

Jewell, a native of England, joined REI in 2000 as its COO and was named CEO in 2005. She had a long career in banking before that, and started her professional career as an engineer for Mobil Oil.