Johnson Outdoors Reports Changes in Board of Directors

RACINE, Wis., Sept. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global outdoor recreation equipment company, today announced that W. Lee McCollum is retiring from the Board of Directors effective November 1, 2016. Mr. McCollum is the former Executive Vice-President and CFO of SC Johnson and has served as a director of Johnson Outdoors for over a decade. Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and CEO of the Company, said: "Lee’s financial acumen and breadth of experience have been invaluable to the Board, particularly throughout our emergence from the 2008 recession as we laid the foundation for continued success and sustained long-term profitable growth. We thank Lee for his service and many contributions, and wish him all the best in the future.”

The Company also announced the appointment of Mr. Edward Stevens to the Board of Directors effective November 1, 2016. Mr. Stevens is joining the Board as a Class B Director, and will stand for re-election at the Annual Meeting in 2017.

Mr. Stevens is the Chief Operating Officer of Kibo Software, Inc. a comprehensive, cloud-based, omnichannel commerce platform company. Mr. Stevens was previously a Founder and CEO of Shopatron, a leading provider of cloud-based, e-commerce order management services. Mr. Stevens is also the author of "Allied To Win: How I Launched And Led A Leading eCommerce Company."

Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and CEO of the Company, said: "Ed brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in ecommerce, ranging from strategy to execution, just as we are beginning transformation of Johnson Outdoors’ digital presence to enhance the online experience and expand access for consumers to our family of great outdoors brands. We are pleased and excited to welcome Ed to the Board.”


JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Gear. Johnson Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak™ and Necky® kayaks; Carlisle® paddles; Extrasport® personal flotation devices; Minn Kota® motors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® marine electronics and charts; SCUBAPRO® dive equipment; Silva® compasses; Jetboil® outdoor cooking systems; and Eureka!® camping and hiking equipment.

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