Mark DeYoung Retires as Chairman and CEO. Lead Independent Director Mike Callahan to Serve as Interim Chairman and CEO. Company to Host Conference Call July 11.
Vista Outdoor Inc. announced today that Chairman and CEO Mark DeYoung is retiring from the Company and the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Michael Callahan, Vista Outdoor’s Lead Independent Director, has been named Interim Chairman and CEO.
The Board of Directors is conducting a search for a permanent CEO and has retained a leading executive search firm to assist in the process. The Board intends to consider both internal and external candidates for the position.
“On behalf of the Board and the entire Vista Outdoor team, I’d like to thank Mark for his service and many contributions to the Company,” said Michael Callahan. “Mark led the creation of the company that became Vista Outdoor, directed it through its successful spin-off from ATK, and grew it into a diversified global leader in outdoor recreation. Given the opportunities and challenges that come with significant change in our industry, and the likelihood that Mark would elect to retire at the end of his employment agreement, the Board and Mark mutually determined that now is the time for a new leader to guide Vista Outdoor in its next phase of growth. Therefore, we collectively agreed it was appropriate for Mark to accelerate his retirement plans and for us to begin the search for his replacement.
“I’m pleased to step into the role of Interim Chairman and CEO to help support a smooth transition of leadership while the Board conducts a thorough search for the Company’s next CEO. I look forward to working with the Company’s excellent team as we remain committed to providing our customers with innovative and high-quality products. We will also maintain our focus on expanding our brands’ e-commerce presence, reducing inventory, and driving continuous improvement. Vista Outdoor is well positioned to capitalize on the significant growth opportunities in the outdoor recreation industry, and the Board and I are excited about our future.”
Callahan added, “We recently completed the first quarter of our Fiscal Year 2018 and, while we will not report results until August 10, the company had a strong quarter that positions us well to deliver on our full-year financial guidance.”
“After a long and rewarding career, it is now time for me to move on to the next phase of my life,” said DeYoung. “Vista Outdoor is the culmination of a vision focused on creating a world-leading outdoor recreation company. It has been a rewarding experience to have led this great company and seen the organization evolve and succeed. I am proud of Vista Outdoor’s people, brands, portfolio and products, and I am confident in Vista Outdoor’s future. I wish the Company’s valued employees and customers all the best.”
Michael Callahan Biography
Callahan, 67, has more than 40 years of experience in the sporting goods industry, and has served as Lead Independent Director of Vista Outdoor since the Company spun off from ATK in February 2015. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Partners, a Utah-based consultant to the outdoor sporting industry, since 2008. From 1990 until his retirement in 2008, Callahan served in various merchandising, marketing, management and senior executive positions with Cabela’s, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President Business Development & International Operations where he was responsible for M&A and spearheaded Cabela’s expansion into Canada. Callahan is a member of the Board of the Midway USA Foundation and formerly served as a member of the Board of Bushnell Outdoor Products, Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Outdoor Business Council of the US Sportsmen’s Alliance.
Conference Call Webcast Information
Vista Outdoor will hold an investor conference call to discuss this announcement on July 11, 2017, at 9 a.m. ET. The conference call will be accessible through live webcast. Interested investors and other individuals can access the webcast via Vista Outdoor’s website (www.vistaoutdoor.com). Choose “Investors” then “Events and Presentations.” For those who cannot participate in the live webcast, a telephone recording of the conference call will be available for one month after the call.