Work World, a portfolio company of Gart Capital, has hired Tim Spangler as chief executive officer.

Spangler joins Work World from outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment, where he was senior vice president of retail. Spangler will oversee the operations of Work World, Whistle Workwear and Willy’s Discount Workwear brands.

“Tim is a great match for Work World. He strongly believes that to succeed, retailers must be committed to delivering exceptional customer experiences, again and again – something that is part of the Work World and Whistle DNA,” said Alex Gart, partner at Gart Capital. “We are confident that Tim is the right leader to help Work World continue to build on an already strong foundation and to further distinguish the company as the best workwear specialty retailer in the Western U.S.”