REI Co-op Names VP, Controller and VP of Distribution and Fulfillment Operations

by Katie Lee

Seattle — REI Co-op has promoted two leaders within the finance and supply chain teams. Michelle Kirkpatrick has been promoted to vice president, controller, while Ruchi Christensen is now vice president of distribution and fulfillment operations.

“Michelle and Ruchi are both widely trusted leaders who have been instrumental in keeping co-op growth initiatives and operations running smoothly and efficiently,” says Kelley Hall, executive vice president, chief financial officer. “Their business savvy and values-led approach will continue to have positive impact not only on their respective teams but how the co-op broadly serves our members and the outdoor community.”

Kirkpatrick joined the co-op nearly 10 years ago and most recently served as divisional vice president, controller. In her expanded role, Kirkpatrick oversees the co-op’s accounting, treasury, procurement and tax teams. She also leads REI’s strategic enterprise resource planning (ERP) initiative.

Christensen has been with the co-op since 2021 as divisional vice president of distribution and fulfillment operations. As vice president, she will provide strategic direction to the co-op’s fulfillment centers and supply chain teams to optimize productivity, inventory management, business readiness and financial results. REI’s newest distribution center will open later this summer in Lebanon, Tenn. The design of the state-of-the-art facility prioritizes the employee experience, environmental impact and community connections. The location will support more than 70 REI stores and reduce shipping times to customers.

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. REI has 181 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit






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