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Finish Line Appoints Samuel M. Sato President

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The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ:FINL) announced today that Samuel M. Sato, formerly President, Finish Line Brand, has been named as President, The Finish Line, Inc. The Board of Directors also elected him to the board, filling the Class II director position previously held by Bill Kirkendall.

“In the role of president, Sam will be more involved in all facets of Finish Line as we look toward our future,” said Glenn Lyon, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Finish Line. “Sam has a keen sense of the retail business and his acumen will further guide Finish Line’s premium initiatives. He will direct our company’s vision and mission with his much valued retail knowledge, dedicated spirit, passion and character.”

Sato joined Finish Line in March, 2007 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. He was then named President and Chief Merchandising Officer in August, 2010 before assuming the role as President of the Finish Line Brand in October, 2012. He has served an integral role in creating, sustaining and elevating the Finish Line brand through our vendor partnerships, marketing and digital initiatives and store operations. Sato started his executive retail career at Nordstrom in 1985 prior to joining Finish Line.

Lyon added, “Our Board respects Sam’s ability to build and strengthen partnerships with our brands, our customers and our shareholders. As Finish Line continues to grow, his voice and experience will drive us to stay laser-focused on serving our customers and exceeding their expectations in this rapidly-changing omnichannel retail environment.”

About The Finish Line, Inc.
The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Finish Line has approximately 1,030 Finish Line branded locations primarily in U.S. malls and shops inside Macy’s department stores and employs more than 14,000 sneakerologists who help customers every day connect with their sport, their life and their style. Online shopping is available at and Mobile shopping is available at Follow Finish Line on Twitter at and “like” Finish Line on Facebook at Track loyalty points and find store and product information with the free Finish Line app downloadable for iOS and Android customers.

Finish Line also operates the Running Specialty Group. This includes 59 specialty running stores in 13 states and the District of Columbia under The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company, Roncker’s Running Spot, Running Fit, VA Runner banners and CapitalRunWalk banners. More information is available at or

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