Pepper-spray maker Mace Security International Inc., of Horsham, named John J. McCann as its new chief executive officer, effective early in January. McCann will replace interim CEO Michael Smith, the company said.

McCann has been CEO since 2009 of Fitness Quest Inc., a privately held distributor of home exercise products.

Smith, a Mace director, had been named to the job in August. He will also leave the company board in January, but will remain as a consultant to Mace for six months, chairman Richard A. Barone said in a prepared statement.

Mace is a manufacturer of personal defense and electronic surveillance products. Shares trade over the counter and were unchanged at 17 cents.    - Reid Kanaley