Academy Sports + Outdoors Promotes EVP and Chief Financial Officer

by Katie Lee

Katy, Texas — Academy Sports + Outdoors, Inc. has promoted Carl Ford to executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective July 12, 2023, succeeding Michael Mullican, who recently transitioned to president. In his new role, Ford will oversee finance, accounting, tax, treasury, loss prevention, internal audit and investor relations.

Ford has served as Academy’s senior vice president, finance since January 2019. Prior to joining Academy, he served as vice president of financial planning & analysis at Belk, Inc. where he spent 15 years.

“I am thrilled to announce the promotion of Carl Ford to chief financial officer,” says Mullican. “He has an incredible financial acumen and track record of driving positive results at Academy. He played an integral role in helping us navigate the pandemic, achieve our previous long-range plan, as well as supporting our IPO and the development of our new long-range plan. I’m confident Carl and his team will continue to be excellent stewards of our capital as they drive value for our shareholders.”

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 270 stores across 18 states. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Academy Sports + Outdoors

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