Doug Robinson came to West Marine in January 2018 with more than three decades of strategic operations, supply chain, and merchandising experience. An accomplished Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, Doug has led, designed, and executed domestic and international strategies for leading B2C and B2B home improvement, appliance, and building companies.
Doug’s background includes spending 13 years at Lowe’s. Doug’s previous roles have included President of International Operations and Development, Chief Merchandising Officer and Head of E-commerce.
Doug has a passion for sailing and is a proud supporter and participant in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta. He has been an active fundraiser and participates in the Charleston, SC event.
Senior VIce President, Stores and Pro
Barry Kelley is a 30-year veteran of the marine industry, having spent the last 24 years leading West Marine stores, wholesale and direct sales teams. He joined West Marine in 1989 in Southern California as a Store Associate, and was soon called upon to support the company’s expansion on the East Coast. Barry and his wife moved to South Florida, where he took on the role as the first District Manager of the Southeast Region. He was soon promoted to Southeast Regional Vice President and under his management the region grew quickly from the original 5 stores to well over 100. By 2005, the Southeast Region had grown to the largest volume sales region with over 140 stores in 10 states. In addition, the Southeast region had the highest wholesale growth for 7 years running.
Managing this incredible wholesale growth made Barry the ideal candidate for the position of Vice President of Port Supply (now West Marine Pro), West Marine’s wholesale division. In 2012, Barry was promoted to Senior Vice President, leading both the Port Supply Team as well as the Shared Services organization. In December of 2013, Barry was promoted to Executive Vice President of Stores and Wholesale.
A lifelong boater, Barry equally enjoys a good day sailing or one spent offshore fishing. He currently enjoys life on the central coast with his wife Penny and three children.
Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
Deb Ajeska has been with West Marine since 1999. In April 2016, Deb was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources where she is responsible for West Marine’s people strategy. This includes recruiting, maintaining excellent Quality of Work Life, training and leadership development, succession planning, compensation, benefits, payroll and safety programs. In 2018, Deb’s role expanded to include leadership for West Marine’s Legal and Asset Protection Departments.
Prior to joining the Human Resources team, Deb developed her strong leadership skills and business acumen by serving in various roles in our Finance division and most recently was our Divisional Vice President of Finance and Controller. Prior to joining West Marine, she held various positions at Household Credit Services.
Deb has a B.S. degree in Accounting from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She grew up in Virginia fishing on the James River, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and discovering her love for activities on the many beaches and coastlines of the Hampton Roads and Tidewater areas. She and her husband enjoy getaways to the mountains of California where they kayak and spend time on and around the water with their two boys.
Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President - Information Technology and eCommerce
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 18 years in the retail industry. In 2018, Virginia accepted an additional role and also heads up West Marine’s eCommerce department.
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.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance
After time at Cisco Systems in the Silicon Valley, Joe Pulford joined West Marine in 2003. His career at West Marine has progressed throughout his tenure. Joe joined the Company as a Stores Financial Analyst and most recently held the position of Divisional Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Santa Clara University and earned his Master’s Degree in Financial Mathematics at Stanford University. Today, he gives back to the community through his service as Chairman of the Board, Goodwill Central Coast.
Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing
Rick Jess is a Fortune 500 retail executive with domestic and international operations, merchandising, marketing, e-commerce, transformation and business development experience with over 17 years of his work experience coming from Lowe’s. There he held positions in merchandising and business development.
Rick has spent the past five years doing business improvement consulting for two retail product suppliers and a cloud based software-as-a-service company that directly serves Lowe's, The Home Depot, Auto-Zone, Best Buy, True Value, and thousands of suppliers including Bosch, Kohler, Sherwin-Williams, GE and Whirlpool. Rick joined West Marine in March 2018.