Obama to nominate REI CEO Jewell for Interior
WASHINGTON D.C. -- President Barack Obama will nominate Recreation Equipment Incorporated (REI) CEO Sally Jewell to be the next Interior Secretary, according to news reports.
Jewell would replace Ken Salazar. REI is the nation's largest consumer cooperative.
Jewell, a former banking executive, joined REI as a board member in 1996 before taking over as COO in 2000 and then later as CEO of the national retail chain. An outdoors enthusiast, Jewell served on the "National Parks Second Century Commission," whose goal was to help shape the future of the National Parks System.
National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi said, “The nomination of Sally Jewell to be the next Secretary of the Interior is bit of a surprise and will likely be met with a cautious wait-and-see approach by the offshore energy industry. We look forward to hearing about her energy vision for America during the confirmation process. We hope that her business and engineering experience will lead her to recognize the critical importance of our Nation’s offshore energy resources. NOIA’s members stand ready to work with her in promoting additional access to oil, natural gas, wind, wave and current energy resources on the outer continental shelf and the benefits safe development of these resources bring, including increased jobs, energy security and reliability. ”