Eric Artz, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, REI
Eric Artz is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), the largest outdoor consumer co‑op in the United States. The co-op is dedicated to helping our growing community of more than 16 million members live life outside.
Since 2012, Eric has been responsible for the oversight of REI’s finance, digital retail, information systems, supply chain, real estate and corporate strategy. He is an avid cyclist who often commutes by bike to REI’s headquarters. He also enjoys fishing, skiing, and hiking with his family.
Prior to joining the co‑op, Eric was Chief Financial Officer at Urban Outfitters, Inc., and held a 17‑year career with VF Corporation — a global apparel and footwear company of more than 30 brands — in roles including Chief Financial Officer and executive-level oversight of divisional, corporate, and international operations.
In the broader outdoor community, Eric is an active board member of the Outdoor Industry Association, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and United Natural Foods, Inc.