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Johnson Outdoors Inc. Announces Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

RACINE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2005--Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global outdoor recreation company, today announced the appointment of David W. Johnson to the position of Vice President - Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Johnson has served as interim chief financial officer since August 2005 during which time the Company conducted an extensive executive search process.

Mr. Johnson brings a broad range of financial experience to his new role, with a twenty-year career that spans the banking, consumer packaged goods and outdoor recreation industries. Before joining Johnson Outdoors in December 2001, Mr. Johnson held a number of financial positions of increasing responsibility, first with The Northern Trust Company and later with The Procter & Gamble Company. At those companies he led financial efforts and teams in new business development, brand and operational restructuring, and cost-saving and analysis, among others. Mr. Johnson was Director of Treasury Services and Financial Analysis at Johnson Outdoors before becoming interim chief financial officer in August. Since assuming that role, he has led all aspects of the Company's finance department, including financial and tax planning, financial reporting, investor relations and financing efforts. Mr. Johnson holds a B.A. in Economics from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

"The depth of expertise and strong leadership Dave brought to the role on an interim basis is exactly what we are looking for from our future CFO. He was a clear first choice for the job. We congratulate Dave on his promotion which recognizes his many contributions to the Company, and demonstrates our respect, trust and confidence in his ability to provide the financial leadership we need going forward," said Ms. Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.


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 Equipment. Johnson Outdoors' familiar brands include, among others: Old Town(R) canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak(R) and Necky(R) kayaks; Escape(R) electric boats; Minn Kota(R) motors; Cannon(R) downriggers; Humminbird(R), Bottomline(R) and Fishin' Buddy(R) fishfinders; Scubapro(R) and UWATEC(R) dive equipment; Silva(R) compasses and digital instruments; and Eureka!(R) tents. In 2005, Johnson Outdoors reported annual sales of $380.7 million and 1,300 employees across 23 locations in 17 countries.

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Johnson Outdoors Inc. Announces Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

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