Watson’s Names Sean Ryder as its New Vice President of Operations

Leading recreational products and furnishing retailer

Sean Ryder, VP of Operations, Watson's

Watson’s, one of the nation’s leading recreational products and furnishing retailers, has selected Sean Ryder as its new Vice President of Operations. This critical position was created to support Watson’s exponential business growth, increasing online presence, and expansion plans. Watson’s plans to continue delivering their exceptional service to consumers while further expanding their brand’s reach.

Ryder brings extensive retail industry operations experience to Watson’s, having most recently worked as an executive for an online, direct-to-consumer retailer, and previously for a high end outdoor furniture company. Ryder has extensive expertise in all facets of retail operations, including fulfillment, distribution, logistics, customer service, and warehouse/distribution center management.

“Watson’s continued growth served as the catalyst for adding this position,” states Erik Mueller, Watson’s President and CEO.  “It was the time to add a dedicated operations expert, and that is Sean. His operations experience is deep, spanning all areas of operational processes and people management.  Sean will bring the next level of process and sophistication to Watson’s, strongly positioning us for sustained growth both in the near and long term.”

Watson’s enlisted the help of talent management firm Centennial in filling the role. “When organizations such as Watson’s are experiencing fast-paced growth, our unique 4C process of matching competency with company culture and chemistry is critical in finding the ‘right’ leader to further enhance the business’s success,” states Julie Warden, Director of Client Services. “Sean was a ‘complete’ candidate:  his retail and operations experience spans multiple lines and delivery methods. That experience, paired with his growth-oriented inclination, made Sean the ‘right’ fit.”Watson logo

Watson’s, originally known for its pools and spas, has over the years expanded its product offerings to include more outdoor furnishings, additional leisure products, and indoor furnishings.

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