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Big Lots names Campisi CEO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio — Discount retailer Big Lots has named David Campisi, 57, as CEO and president of Big Lots, effective May 6. The 30-year-industry veteran most recently served as chairman and CEO of Respect Your Universe, a publicly traded company focused on premium performance apparel and equipment. Prior to that, he was an executive with The Sports Authority for nearly seven years, rising to become chairman and CEO.

"The board was attracted to David’s broad base of successful merchandising experience and his collaborative leadership skills," said Jeffrey P. Berger, chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee and leader of the board’s search committee “Both of these characteristics were key to the board’s search and they are believed to be paramount as Big Lots enters its next phase of growth and evolution as a company."

Campisi succeeds Steve Fishman, who announced he would retire in December 2012. Fishman is also stepping down from the Big Lots board next month.

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F.Roberts says:
Jun-05-2013 10:49 pm

To Mr. David Campisi; I recently encounter a problem with one of your store in El Paso,TX.I address the situation with your district manager,but I did not want anyone to know my name, because I'm a regular customer their for two and half years.My concern was with one of your employee their that have bad customer service skils.I'm upset that I was contacted by one of your manager at the store about the complaint after I had already talk to your district manager ,once again I did not want anyone in the store to contact me about the situation.If someone would like to contact me about this situation I would appreciate it, my email address is [email protected] or contact on my cell phone (602)540-5796.Thank you very much, and you have a good day.

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Columbia Sportswear names Mexx exec as senior VP, retail

BY Staff Writer

New York — Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed Shawn Cox as senior VP of retail, a newly created position that will report directly to president and CEO Tim Boyle. In his new role, Cox, 49, will be responsible for leading the company’s brick-and-mortar retail and e-commerce operations in the U.S., Europe and Canada.


Cox has 24 years of experience developing, managing and improving profitability of branded retail networks with operations in the U.S., Europe, South America, Middle East and Asia. Since 2009 he has served as global retail senior VP with contemporary lifestyle retailer Mexx, where he led a successful turnaround of the company’s 300 locations in 15 countries.

From 2007-2009 he served in London as global chief retail officer for Samsonite Corp., where he directed a network of 350 owned retail stores and 700 franchised stores spanning 40 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

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Kohl’s opens West Coast IT office

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Corp. said Monday that it has opened a new IT office in Silicon Valley. The 52,000-sq.-ft. office space in Milpitas, Calif., will be an extension of the IT team at the company’s Menomonee Falls, Wis., corporate office and will initially employ 30-plus Kohl’s associates with the potential to accommodate future growth, said the retailer.

Associates at the new location will support Kohl’s online sales growth and strategic focus on omni-channel initiatives, including process automation and the replatforming of Kohls.com.

“We know consumers are seeking a seamless experience and instant access to information whether shopping online, on their mobile device or in store,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s CEO. “We have made significant investments in our IT and omni-channel initiatives to ensure we have the platforms, technology and tools to allow customers to shop when they want and from where they want.”

In addition to the new West Coast IT office, Kohl’s said it continues to expand its operations to support its long-term growth across all of its corporate facilities, including the Wisconsin headquarters, New York design office and Santa Monica, Calif., design office. The company also reiterated its plans to add 12 stores and remodel 30 in 2013.

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