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Former Lowe’s exec named Bass Pro-Cabela’s President

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From left: Retiring Jim Hagale, Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s owner, Johnny Morris, and the new company President, Michael P. McDermott.

Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s, North America’s major outdoor sports retail chain, has appointed a former executive from Lowe’s to serve as its new President, replacing long-time leader, Jim Hagale.

Michael P. McDermott, who most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at the giant home improvement store, is the new President Omni-Channel Retail at Bass Pro, which purchased competitor Cabela’s in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2017.

“The success of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is based on exceptional customer service, great products and highly creative marketing. That’s Mike’s wheelhouse,” Bass Pro founder and CEO, Johnny Morris said. “He is a humble man of great character who will be true to our core values while leading us to new heights in full-spectrum omni-channel to maintain our position of leadership. Mike has earned a reputation of being a good listener and we are truly honoured to have such an experienced, yet down-to-earth, customer-focused leader join our company.”

In a press release issued yesterday, Morris also thanked the outgoing President, Hagale. “Jim steadfastly served our company, our people and our customers for almost 17 years and made an immeasurable positive impact,” he said. “His wisdom, devotion to customers and love of the outdoors made him an ideal leader for Bass Pro.”

Morris noted the key role Hagale played working with the city of Memphis to place a Bass Pro store in the Pyramid sports arena and his oversight of the integration process when Bass Pro and Cabela’s merged. Hagale with remain at Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s as acting CFO.

“It would be impossible for me to thank Jim for everything he has done to help make Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and our White River Marine Group what it is today,” Morris said. “He has been a great leader, a tireless worker and, on a personal side, a wonderful friend. We will continue to rely on his counsel and wish him all the best as he transitions to a new life where he has more time to spend with his family, especially his 13 grandchildren.”

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