West Marine, Inc. appointed Jamie Nordstrom, who heads Nordstroms direct-to-consumer business, as its newest independent director. Nordstrom also was appointed as the fourth member of West Marine’s governance and compensation committee.

His board and committee service is expected to commence on the first meetings scheduled in 2013, most likely in March, and  Nordstrom, like all of the other directors, will stand for re-election to the board at West Marine’s 2013 annual meeting of stockholders.

Nordstrom has been executive vice president and president of Nordstrom Direct for Nordstrom, Inc. since 2005. His position supports Nordstrom.com, mobile, catalogs and fulfillment center operations. A fourth generation family member,   Nordstrom began his career in the stockroom of Nordstrom’s Bellevue, WA store in 1986, and went on to hold a number of store and buying management positions. Prior to being named president of Nordstrom Direct, he helped lead an effort to implement a perpetual inventory system and build a multi-channel foundation to better serve customers in stores and online.

Together with the company’s executive team,   Nordstrom has continued to elevate the customer experience across all channels through improved technology and capabilities, greater speed and convenience, broader selection online and more personalized service.

“We are thrilled to have Jamie join our board, said West Marine Chairman Randy Repass. He is an extremely talented and well-respected retailer and a passionate boater. Jamie has demonstrated a track record of successfully achieving results and driving change across diverse operating units and we look forward to his contributions in our efforts to deliver a seamless, multi-channel proposition that provides an outstanding customer experience.”