Academy Sports + Outdoors Names SVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer

by Katie Lee

Katy, Texas — Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc. has appointed Robert (Rob) Howell to the role of senior vice president and chief supply chain officer. In this role, Howell will oversee supply chain operations, distribution centers and domestic & international logistics. Howell will join Academy in February 2024 and report to Sam Johnson, president of Academy.

Howell brings nearly 30 years of supply chain, distribution and logistics experience to Academy. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years with Sysco Corporation, a wholesale restaurant food distributor, where he performed various supply chain, logistics and merchandising leadership roles.

“Rob is a proven leader with a record of driving strategic initiatives and optimizing operations to achieve supply chain excellence and cost savings, which will be valuable to Academy as we execute on our long term growth initiative to leverage and scale our supply chain function to enable industry leading growth,” says Johnson.

Howell succeeds Sherry Harriman, who recently left Academy to pursue other opportunities.

Academy is a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer in the United States. Originally founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 282 stores across 18 states. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Academy Sports + Outdoors

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