Big Lots’ President and CEO to Retire

by Katie Lee

Columbus, Ohio — David Campisi plans to retire as the president, CEO and member of the board of directors of Big Lots, Inc. Campisi, who had been on a leave of absence for medical reasons since December 2017, has decided to retire in order to focus fully on his health.

Lisa M. Bachmann, executive vice president, chief merchandising & operating officer, and Timothy A. Johnson, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer, will continue to work closely with the company’s executive leadership team (ELT) and board of directors to carry out Campisi’s executive responsibilities. The Big Lots board has initiated a formal search process to identify a permanent successor CEO and is in the process of retaining an executive search firm to assist the board in identifying and reviewing both internal and external candidates.

“On behalf of the board, I want to thank David for his years of dedicated service to Big Lots,” says Jim Chambers, non-executive chair of the board. “David has provided strong leadership during an important period in the company’s history, and one of his lasting legacies will be the talented team that he developed at Big Lots. We sincerely appreciate David’s many contributions to Big Lots and wish him a long and healthy retirement.”

Adds Campisi:”After considerable thought, I have decided that the best course of action — for both me personally and Big Lots as an organization — is for me to retire and focus fully on my health. Lisa and T.J. have done an excellent job executing my responsibilities, and will continue to do so while the board searches for my successor.”

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. is a community retailer operating 1,416 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Big Lots, Inc.

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