Sally Jewell, President and CEO of REI, introduces U.S. President Barack Obama during an event in the East Room of the White House February 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Obama was joined by Secretary of the Interior Kenneth L. Salazar and others to speak about the America's Great Outdoors Initiative which encourages Americans to connect with the outdoors and conserve its environment. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
President Obama will nominate business executive Sally Jewell as his new Interior Secretary, officials said.
Jewell is the CEO of Recreational Equipment Inc., which sells clothing and gear for the outdoors and is headquartered in Kent, Washington.
Two administration officials confirmed the appointment, speaking on condition they not be named because President Obama will make a formal announcement this afternoon. .
If confirmed by the Senate, Jewell would replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who announced his resignation last month.
The selection of Jewell may also ease criticism that Obama has relied too much on white men to stock his second term Cabinet.