Changing Places

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West Marine's board appointed a new independent director, Dennis Madsen, effective at the next scheduled board meeting in November. Madsen also was appointed to West Marine's governance and compensation committee.

"West Marine is excited to have Dennis join our board. His vast retail expertise and his customer service-driven focus fits well with West Marine's strategic vision and culture," said Randy Repass, chairman of West Marine, in a statement. "We look forward to the contributions he will make to our board and to our company."

Madsen spent almost 40 years of his career with Recreational Equipment Inc., a retailer and online merchant for outdoor gear and clothing. He joined REI in 1966 out of high school and rose from a job stocking store shelves to president and chief executive. He retired in 2005.

He serves on the board and as a member of the compensation and audit committees of Alaska Air Group and he is on the boards of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. He also is a member of the boards of Pivotlink Corp., a business intelligence service company; Performance Bicycles, a bicycle retail and mail order company; Evolucion Inc., an Internet retailer of snow sports, wakeboard and skateboard equipment and apparel; Islandwood and the Youth Outdoors Legacy Fund, each youth outdoor learning centers; and as a member of the board of trustees of Western Washington University.

Madsen has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Seattle Pacific University.

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