Campisi to Succeed Fishman as Big Lots CEO

David Campisi

David Campisi

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Big Lots has appointed David Campisi to succeed the retiring Steve Fishman as CEO of Big Lots.

Campisi will assume his new post on May 6. At that time, the board will elect a non-executive chairman. Fishman will step down from the board on May 30, following the annual shareholders meeting, and Campisi will be elected to the board at that time.

Campisi’s career covers more than 30 years of retail experience. Most recently, he served as chairman and CEO of Respect Your Universe, which focuses on premium-performance apparel and equipment. Prior to that, he was in executive positions for The Sports Authority, eventually becoming chairman and CEO.

His career also includes executive-level merchandising posts with Kohl’s, Fred Meyer and Meier and Frank.

Jeffrey Berger, chairman of the Big Lots nominating and corporate governance committee and leader of the search committee, cited Campisi’s “successful merchandising experience and his collaborative leadership skills.” Berger also credited Fishman with elevating the Big Lots brand and its positioning in the marketplace during his tenure as chairman, president and CEO.