LAS VEGAS — Respect Your Universe, a performance apparel company, has named retail industry executive David Campisi to chairman and CEO of RYU. Joining the RYU board of directors in March of 2012, Campisi was the former chairman, president and CEO of The Sports Authority from 2004 to 2011.
During his time as CEO at The Sports Authority, Campisi was responsible for implementing new strategic imperatives, bringing $100 million in e-commerce business in-house, negotiating long-term multi-million dollar deals to acquire naming rights for the Bronco's stadium in Denver, and establishing two major foundations for the Sports Authority, including the "Sports Authority Foundation" and "Pass the Good Foundation."
"We are thrilled about David Campisi becoming the new Chairman and CEO of RYU," said Kristian Andresen, previously residing chairman of RYU. "With his extensive expertise, experience and knowledge in the retail industry, he will help further accelerate and execute the growth of RYU in the direction we are quickly moving in."
Prior to joining RYU, Mr. Campisi also served as the EVP Kohl's as GMM women's apparel, accessories, intimates and cosmetics, the SVP Fred Meyer, and director of apparel, home and electronics, GMM apparel and VP DMM women's apparel and the VP Meier & Frank for DMM women's apparel.
"I'm very excited about joining RYU, there's something very special happening here. The premium high quality training product, with a great story, and has an edge that's different from all the players in the space. I look forward to working with the team at RYU, and making a significant contribution on building our business together," said David Campisi.