West Marine CEO makes sudden exit

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After less than a year as CEO, Doug Robinson has left West Marine. The company issued a brief statement saying that Robinson had exited the company. A West Marine spokesperson said the company had no details to add to the statement.

“An executive search is underway for a new CEO,” said today’s statement. “We anticipate significant interest from seasoned executives with extensive retail and e-commerce operational experience. The senior leadership team at West Marine remains in place and focused on returning the company to its core business and serving local boating communities.”

Robinson joined West Marine on Jan. 29, 2018. He had previously worked for Lowe’s for 13 years in several executive roles, including international operations and development, chief merchandising officer and head of e-commerce.

West Marine is owned by Monomoy Capital Partners, a private equity group.