West Marine appoints independent director

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - West Marine, Inc.'s board of directors has appointed a new independent director, Alice Richter, to its board effective Jan. 2, the company said in a release today.

Richter was a certified public accountant with KPMG LLP for 26 years until her retirement in June 2001. She joined KPMG's Minneapolis office in 1975 and was admitted to its partnership in 1987. During her tenure at KPMG, Richter served as the national industry director of KPMG's U.S. Food and Beverage practice and also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the KPMG Foundation from 1991 to 2001.

Based on her experience in finance and accounting, Richter has been appointed by West Marine's board to serve on its audit committee as a financial expert.

"West Marine is excited that Alice will be joining our board,” Randy Repass, chairman of West Marine, said. “She brings with her a wealth of entrepreneurial skills along with her extensive financial expertise. We look forward to the contributions she will make to our board and to our company."

Richter currently serves on the board of directors of G&K Services, Inc., where she is also a member of the audit committee. Additionally, she was named to serve a three-year term on the National Advisory Forum of Beta Alpha Psi and was elected to the board of directors and executive committee of The Boys and Girls Club of Minneapolis.

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