Robert Olsen was appointed to West Marine’s Board of Directors in May 2013 and also served as a member of its Audit and Finance Committee as a financial expert. In May 2015, Mr. Olsen was appointed as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. Between 2000 and his retirement in January of 2013, Mr. Olsen worked in numerous roles at AutoZone, Inc. Most recently, Mr. Olsen served as Corporate Development Officer of Customer Satisfaction. In this role, he was responsible for the Mexico and ALLDATA businesses and strategic growth initiatives that included AutoZone’s store expansion into Brazil and ALLDATA’s entry into Europe.
He previously served as Executive Vice President, Store Operations, Commercial, Mexico and ALLDATA from 2007 to 2009, as Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, IT, Mexico and Store Development from 2005 to 2007, as Senior Vice President, Mexico and Store Development from 2001 to 2005, and as Senior Vice President, Planning and Store Development from 2000 to 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Olsen was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Leslie’s Poolmart from 1993 to 2000. From 1990 to 1993 he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tuneup Masters. Prior to that, he held various positions at AutoZone, including the role of Senior Vice President, Finance Administration and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Olsen enjoys pleasure boating and fishing with his family and friends at his home on Pickwick Lake in Tennessee.