Gander Mountain CEO steps down

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Outdoor retailer Gander Mountain announced Monday that Mark R. Baker has stepped down as president, chief executive officer and a board member. David C. Pratt, the company's chairman of the board, has been named CEO on an interim basis. Baker will remain an employee of the company during a transition period ending Sept. 30, after which he will begin a new role as president and chief operating officer of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

The board will begin a search for a new chief executive officer immediately, according to Gander Mountain.

Pratt has been a director of the company since August 2005. He will retain his chairman of the board responsibilities, but has stepped down from the company's compensation and governance and nominating committees.

"Mark's leadership enabled rapid growth in Gander Mountain's store count and our development into a multi-channel retailer and we are thankful for his leadership of the company. We are fortunate to have an executive with David Pratt's experience to lead the company as we search for a permanent chief executive officer to execute our strategic plan," said Ronald Erickson, vice chairman of the board of directors, in a release.

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