Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> March 17, 2003

Jeffrey Naylor – Big Lots Inc (bli)

JEFFREY G. NAYLOR is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Big Lots, Inc., Mr. Naylor is responsible for the company's financial strategy and operations, and oversees the financial planning, treasury, investor relations, reporting, control, and tax functions of the business. He joined Big Lots in September 2001. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots is a Fortune 500 retailer with annual revenues exceeding $3.8 billion. As the nation's largest broadlines closeout retailer, Big Lots has over 1,380 stores and employs more than 40,000 associates across the United States. Prior to joining Big Lots, Mr. Naylor was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Dade Behring, a $1.2 billion international manufacturer and distributor of medical diagnostic products. He has significant retail experience, having been with The Limited, Inc., where he was Vice President, Controller, and Sears Roebuck and Co., where he was Vice President, Finance of the full-line department stores business and Vice President, Finance of the Sears Credit division. Earlier in his career, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Kraft Foods and Dun & Bradstreet. He began his career with the accounting firm of Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche). Mr. Naylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief historical sketch of Big Lots?

Mr. Naylor: It has been a pretty busy time for the company. In

terms of an orientation, we are the nation's largest