Specialty retailer of outdoor and athletic footwear and apparel, Galyan's Trading Company Inc, on Thursday announced its president and COO, Joel Silverman, has resigned.

In a statement, the company said he had quit to pursue other interests, with CEO Robert Mang assuming his responsibilities while it searches for a replacement.

Commenting on Mr Silverman's departure, Mr Mang said: "Joel's efforts here at Galyan's over the past several years have been sincerely appreciated. All his friends here at the company wish him well as he embarks on a new chapter in his career."

He added: "The appointments of Ed Wozniak as CFO, David Zoba as EVP, Real Estate, and Ed Whitehead as SVP, Marketing have strengthened the Galyan's management team and will enable us to have a seamless transition as Joel moves on to pursue his career aspirations."