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President Barack Obama will nominate Recreational Equipment (REI) president and CEO Sally Jewell today to replace Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary.
According to Washington Post, environmentalists will be satisfied with the decision to nominate the chief of the $2 billion outdoor retailer. Jewell has experience in the oil industry, as she was a petroleum engineer for Mobil Oil and is a board member of the National Parks Conservation Association.
The REI chief will have to be confirmed by the Senate before ensuring her new position.
Wyss Foundation president Molly McUsic told the Washington Post, “She knows the oil and gas business from having worked at Mobil and in the banking industry, but also understands the growing economic potential of America’s $646 billion outdoor recreation industry.”
A former Interior Department official told Politico that “Sally has overseen the growth of a $1.8 billion company consistently ranked among the best U.S. companies for which to work. An engineer by training, she is a practical, no-nonsense leader who is focused on results.”