Samuel M. Sato
Sam Sato was named Chief Executive Officer of The Finish Line, Inc. in February 2016, having previously held the position of President since October 2014. Prior to that, Sam was President and Chief Merchandising Officer from August 2010 until his position was recast as President of the Finish Line Brand in October 2012. He joined the company in 2007 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer.
A retail veteran, Sam’s career also includes more than 20 years at Nordstrom, Inc. where he led the company's strategic and corporate merchandise initiatives, vendor negotiations and product selection as well as purchasing for apparel and footwear on a regional and divisional level.
He last served at Nordstrom as Vice President and Corporate Merchandise Manager for the Men's Shoes Division. Prior to that, Sam served in various roles at Nordstrom including Divisional Merchandise Manager, Shoes and Regional Merchandise Manager, Menswear.