Former Sports Authority exec new Big Lots CEO

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Big Lots has named David Campisi as its new CEO and president. Campisi succeeds Steve Fishman, who announced in December 2012 his intention to retire upon the appointment of his successor. 

Fishman will also step down from the board of directors immediately following the 2013 annual meeting of shareholders on May 30, at which time Campisi will be appointed as a director. The board also plans to elect a non-executive chairman of the board.

Campisi has more than 30 years of retail industry experience. He was most recently chairman and CEO of Respect Your Universe, a publicly traded company focused on premium performance apparel and equipment. Prior to RYU, Campisi was an executive with the multibillion dollar retailer the Sports Authority for nearly 7 years, rising to become chairman and CEO. Prior to the Sports Authority, he held executive-level merchandising roles at Kohl's, Fred Meyer and Meier and Frank Company.

"David Campisi is a seasoned retail executive with a track record of success in the industry," said Jeffrey P. Berger, chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee and leader of the board's search committee. "The board was attracted to David's broad base of successful merchandising experience and his collaborative leadership skills. Both of these characteristics were key to the board's se