Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. announced the appointment of Colleen Birdnow Brown to its board of directors, effective August 21, 2019. Brown is a highly experienced and recognized corporate director and executive with a strong background in marketing, technology, media, strategic planning and corporate governance.

Steven G. Miller, the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, commented, “Colleen brings extensive executive and boardroom experience in strategic planning, operations, marketing, technology and corporate governance matters through a distinguished career of proven leadership that has included service as chair of a public company board, Chief Executive Officer of a public company and senior officer of multiple leading companies. We are excited to have her as a part of the Big 5 Sporting Goods Board of Directors and look forward to leveraging her expertise as we execute on our long-term growth strategy.”

Brown was previously president, chief executive officer and a director of Fisher Communications Inc., a public multimedia company. She also has served in various leadership capacities with media companies Belo Corp., Lee Enterprises and Gannett Co. In addition, Brown is the founder of Marca Global, an innovative marketing and internet technology company.

Brown currently serves on the board of TrueBlue, where she is chair of the Innovation and Technology Committee and a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee, and Spark Networks, where she is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Presiding Committee. She also serves on the boards of privately held Port Blakely Forestry and IntellaSphere, as well as non-profit Delta Dental of Washington. Over the course of her career, Brown has served on numerous other corporate boards, including American Apparel, where she served as board chair, DataSphere Technologies, BECU (Boeing Employees Credit Union), CareerBuilder and Classified Ventures.

In 2017, Brown was recognized as “Director of the Year” by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) and also was selected as a “Top 100 Director” in the United States by the NACD.