Jerry Stritzke, President and CEO of Kent, Washington-based outdoor dealer pioneer REI, has agreed.
The news, announced Tuesday morning, follows an inquiry about "a personal and consent relationship" between Stritzke and his head
Stritzke's last day at REI will be March 15th. Eric Artz, REI's Chief Executive Officer, will be temporary CEO.
Stritzke's last day at REI will be March 1
"We will always be grateful for Jerry's driving, his many contributions to the cooperation and successes he and his team have made possible," said the statement. "However, the conclusions of the survey were clear. The verdict of judgment has been made, and Jerry and the board agree that REI needs a new leader to take the cooperation from its very strong position. "
In the same statement, Stritzke said:" I'm sorry for some things in life, but I'm sorry I didn't reveal the relationship and it's time for the co-op to get a new leader. "He added," The last thing I want is to hurt REI, and I deeply regret that some of this can affect the co-op. You deserve better. "
REI has two locations in Alaska, one in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks.