Academy Ltd., doing business as Academy Sports + Outdoors, a sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, appointed Sam Johnson as its executive vice president of retail operations, effective April 24, 2017.

Johnson joins Academy after seven years with Hhgregg Inc., a publicly owned and operated retailer of consumer electronics and home appliances in the Midwest, Northeast  and Southeast United States, where he most recently served as chief retail officer. At Hhgregg, he 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. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Health from East Tennessee State University.

“I’m thrilled to join the Academy Sports + Outdoors team,” said Johnson. “I believe in Academy’s everyday low price approach, community and customer focus. On behalf of the more than 20,000 store team members, we look forward to continuing to elevate our game on behalf of customers and local communities for years to come.”

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,” said J.K. Symancyk, Academy Sports + OutdoorspPresident 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.”

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