Gander Mountain names new president, hires CIO

Outdoor retailer Gander Mountain has promoted exec-VP and COO Derek Siddons to the role of president, replacing Michael Owens, who is retiring. The company also promoted three internal executives and hired a CIO from Kohl's.

"We sincerely thank Mike for his leadership, friendship and many contributions," said David Pratt, Gander Mountain's chairman and CEO. "Derek's commitment to strong processes, driving results through people, and dedication to achieving goals will continue to lead Gander Mountain to success."

During Owens' time as president, Gander Mountain added more than 50 new stores and grew the online business at over 20 percent per year.
Siddons has been with Gander Mountain since 2009 and has worked across several functions. Previous roles include director of retail operations, VP of e-commerce, senior VP of operations and e-commerce, and executive-VP and COO, a role in which he was responsible for operations, marketing, e-commerce and merchandising.

Replacing Siddons as exec-VP and COO is Jay Tibbets, who will be responsible for merchandising, planning and supply chain across all channels. Lisa Schmidt, currently exec-VP of retail store design, will take on added responsibility for store operations, store design and development, including visual merchandising.

Eric Jacobsen was also promoted from exec-VP and general counsel to exec-VP, chief administrative officer and general counsel. He will be tasked with cost center optimization, real estate site selection, financing and leasing, legal and regulatory affairs, and risk management.

Lastly, Gander Mountain hired Carissa Rollins as senior VP and CIO to oversee all aspects of technology and information systems, omnichannel initiatives, cybersecurity, and enterprise data and business analytics. Rollins was most recently VP of IT, enterprise and information management at Kohl's, where she spent six years total in the IT department. Press Release