Academy Sports + Outdoors Promotes SVP to EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer

by Katie Lee

Katy, Texas — Academy Sports + Outdoors, Inc. has promoted Matt McCabe to executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, effective June 25, 2023, succeeding Steve Lawrence, who recently transitioned to chief executive officer. McCabe will report directly to Lawrence.

McCabe has served as Academy’s senior vice president, general merchandise manager, footwear since September 2017. He joined the company in December 2016 as vice president, divisional merchandise manager, athletic and licensed apparel. Prior to joining Academy, he served as vice president at Golfsmith International. He has also held various merchant leadership roles at The Bon Ton Department Stores, Bachrach, Sears & Roebuck Co. and Mark Shale.

“I am proud to announce the promotion of Matt McCabe to chief merchandising officer,” says Steve Lawrence, CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors. “He has been instrumental in growing the footwear category during his tenure as GMM with the addition of several new brands such as Hey Dude and Birkenstock along with an improved shopping experience both in-store and online. The combination of his broad industry experience coupled with his knowledge of Academy should make his transition to chief merchandising officer seamless.  I’m excited to partner with Matt and the entire merchant organization as we continue to deliver on our mission to provide fun for all by strengthening our merchandising through meaningful assortment, powerful brands and compelling value.”

In his new role, McCabe will oversee merchandising, planning & allocation, visual merchandising, and private label product development & sourcing.

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 269 stores across 18 states.




SOURCE: Academy Sports + Outdoors


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