Michael R. Egeck
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Egeck joined the Company in February 2020. Previously, Mr. Egeck served as the Chief Executive Officer of PSEB Group, a $1.5 billion operating company composed of the Eddie Bauer outdoor brand and teen retailer PACSUN. Mr. Egeck has more than three decades of experience and a proven track record of driving transformational growth for a variety of brands and business models including: Chief Executive Officer of Eddie Bauer (from 2012 to 2020); Chief Executive Officer of Hurley International, a division of Nike, Inc. (from 2011 to 2012); President of True Religion Apparel, Inc. (from 2010 to 2011); President of VF Corp’s Contemporary Brand Coalition (from 2007 to 2009); Chief Executive Officer of Seven For All Mankind, prior to its acquisition by VF Corp. (from 2006 to 2007); President of VF Corp’s Outdoor and Action Sports Coalition (from 2004 to 2006); and President of The North Face, a division of VF Corp (from 2000 to 2004). Previously, Mr. Egeck held senior leadership positions at Columbia Sportswear and Seattle Pacific Industries. Mr. Egeck has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Steven M. Weddell
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Weddell joined the Company in June 2015. Mr. Weddell worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 2003 to 2015, in the Investment Banking Group, and served as a Managing Director in the Consumer Retail Group as well as the Merger Leadership Group. Mr. Weddell also served as a Manager in the Assurance Practice at Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Weddell earned his CPA license in California and previously held Series 7 and Series 24 licenses. Mr. Weddell has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Paula F. Baker
Chief Revenue Officer
Paula F. Baker has been our Chief Revenue Officer since March 2020. Prior to that, Ms. Baker served as our Chief People and Performance Officer since November 2019. Before joining Leslie’s, Ms. Baker served as the President of US Retail at Best Buy from June 2017 to March 2019, where she led the organization responsible for over 1,000 stores and $35 billion in revenue. While at Best Buy, Ms. Baker served in a variety of retail and human resources leadership roles, including Chief Human Resources Officer in 2016 and Territory Vice President for the southeast region from 2012 to 2016. During her time at Best Buy, Ms. Baker was also a Territory Human Resources Director from 2010 to 2012 and served in District Manager and General Manager roles from 2004 to 2010. Before joining Best Buy in 2004, Ms. Baker worked at Books-A-Million, a large chain bookstore in the southeast, Golfsmith International, a retail golf superstore, and St. Andrews Golf Company, a premier golf club manufacturer and retailer, in retail leadership roles.
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Gazaway has been our Chief Legal Officer since February 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Gazaway served as our SVP, General Counsel & Store Development since July 2017. Before joining Leslie’s, Mr. Gazaway was General Counsel for RED Development, and prior to that served from 2003-2015 at Henkel Corporation (formerly The Dial Corporation) in a VP and Associate General Counsel role. Mr. Gazaway began his professional career as a corporate and securities associate at Snell & Wilmer, LLP. Mr. Gazaway has a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a J.D. from the University of Iowa Law School.
Chief Merchandising Officer
Mr. LaBode has been our Chief Merchandising Officer since December 2021. Prior to that, Mr. LaBode served as our SVP, Merchandising. Before joining Leslie’s, Mr. LaBode served as Vice President, General Merchandise Manager at Barnes & Noble from 2018 to 2021. Mr. LaBode previously worked at The Home Depot and Target Corporation. Mr. LaBode has a B.A in Economics from the University of Minnesota.