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Coach’s Stritzke reportedly a contender for REI’s top job

Stritzke, the president and chief operating officer at Coach, is due to leave the international marketer of high-end handbags and accessories at the end of August.

Seattle Times business reporter

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Outdoor-gear retailer REI could name Jerry Stritzke, a top executive at Coach, as its new chief executive within weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported online Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

The company is filling a position left open when former CEO Sally Jewell was named Secretary of the Interior earlier this year.

Stritzke, the president and chief operating officer at Coach, is leaving the international marketer of high-end handbags and accessories at the end of August.

An REI spokeswoman said the consumer cooperative’s board has not completed its CEO search. She said it does not comment on rumors or speculation.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com. Twitter @AllisonSeattle.

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