Academy Sports + Outdoors Names EVP, Retail Operations

by Katie Lee

Katy, Texas — Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors, a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, appointed Sam Johnson as its executive vice president of retail operations, effective April 24, 2017.

Johnson joins Academy after 7 years with hhgregg, Inc. where he most recently served as chief retail officer. At hhgregg, Johnson led store operations, customer relations, commercial sales, real estate and visual merchandising. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in various leadership roles with Sears Holding Corporation.

In his new role, Johnson will oversee the day-to-day operations of Academy’s more than 225 stores as well as lead the store support team.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Sam to the team,” says J.K. Symancyk, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ president and CEO. “Sam’s vast leadership experience and deep roots in retail store operations only adds to an incredible roster of a talented senior leadership team that is focused on making it easier for everyone to enjoy more sports and outdoors.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors operates more than 225 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where the company is based. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Academy Sports + Outdoors

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