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Academy Sports + Outdoors Names Symancyk President and CEO

By John Burns, Associate Editor
October 1, 2015

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Academy Sports + Outdoors (Academy), Katy, Texas, has named James Kevin “J.K.” Symancyk as president and CEO of the company, effective Nov. 2.

Symancyk most recently served as president of Meijer Inc., in which he oversaw a phase that resulted in nearly three years of positive comp growth and new market expansion. He also has held leadership roles at Sam’s Club.

Symancyk succeeds Rodney Faldyn, who increased the store count by 50%, and launched an e-commerce platform.

“I’m humbled and thrilled by the opportunity to become a part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors family, and I feel fortunate to be succeeding such a charismatic and accomplished leader as Rodney,” says Symancyk. “The future for Academy Sports + Outdoors is truly limitless, and I’m eager to ensure we continue offering customers convenience, a broad selection of quality products and exceptional customer service as we strive to remain the low-price leader in our category.”

For more information, visit academy.com. — J.B.