David Jessick has been appointed to Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation's Board of Directors, effective March 7, 2006. Mr. Jessick will serve on the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Jessick will replace John Danhakl, who has served as a director since 1997.
“We are pleased that David Jessick is joining our board,” said Steven G. Miller, the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We welcome the financial knowledge that he brings to the board and his many years of retail industry experience. We look forward to working with David as we continue to grow our business.”
Mr. Miller continued, “At the same time, we are sorry to see John Danhakl leave the board and we appreciate his contributions and guidance over the past nine years.”
Mr. Jessick served as consultant to the chief executive and senior financial staff at Rite Aid Corporation from June 2002 to February 2005. Mr. Jessick served as Rite Aid's Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from 1999 to 2002. Prior to joining Rite Aid, from 1997 to 1999, Mr. Jessick was the Chief Financial Officer for Fred Meyer, Inc., where he also served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations. From 1979 to 1996, he held various financial positions, including Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, with Thrifty Payless, Inc. and Payless Drugstores Northwest, Inc. Mr. Jessick began his career as a certified public accountant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. Mr. Jessick is also a director of Pathmark Stores Inc., Dollar Financial Corp., Source Interlink Companies Inc., World Kitchen, Inc., and Pinnacle Foods Corp.
Mr. Jessick will stand for re-election to the Company's Board of Directors when his current term expires at the Company's 2006 annual meeting of stockholders.