Virginia Wright joined West Marine as our Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President in 2014. She brings more than 20 years of technology experience, with 14 years in the retail industry.
Virginia joined West Marine from Ascena Retail Group where she served as the Vice President, Divisional CIO for their flagship brand, Justice & Brothers, a specialty retail brand focused on the Tween market, girls and boys between the ages of 9-13 years old. While at Justice, she created a three year technology refresh roadmap, opened international franchises in Mexico and Japan, updated the hardware in the stores, implemented video devices in all stores and participated in the design, development and implementation activities of Tradestone and OrPOS.
Her experience includes Kohl's Department Stores where as Vice president, Customer Facing Systems she was responsible for the systems that enabled the five customer facing channels: POS, eComm, In-Store Kiosk, Mobile and Social. She brings deep store knowledge and digital commerce experience in addition to omni-channel and multi-channel planning. She offers a broad perspective, an analytical mind and an absolute passion for the customer experience.
Additional experience includes: Gap Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Charles Schwab, Kaiser Permanente and GTE North.
Virginia has a Master of Science from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Coming back to California, she is looking forward to updating her sailing skills and being on the water year round.