Academy Sports activities + Outside Publicizes Appointment of Sharen J. Turney to Board of Administrators | Texas Information


KATY, Texas, August 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc. (“Academy” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ASO) today announced the appointment of Sharen J. Turney to its Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”), Compensation Committee, and Nomination and Governance Committee (the “Governance Committee”). Academy also announced today that Nathaniel (Nate) Taylor will step down as a member of the Governance Committee to coincide with the appointment of Ms. Turney to that committee. With these changes, the Academy’s board of directors now consists of nine directors and the governance committee is now entirely made up of independent members.

“We are very excited to add Sharen’s in-depth retail and e-commerce background to our board of directors,” said Ken C. Hicks, Academy Chairman, President and CEO. “Her global experience has been gathered over three decades in senior positions at some of the world’s best-known brands. As a native of Oklahoma, she understands our customers. She also has unparalleled experience in attracting and retaining customers at a tremendous growth stage, similar to the one Academy Enter. We look forward to leveraging her expertise along with her strong past and current board experience. “

Ms. Turney, 64, was previously the chief executive officer of Russia-based denim brand Gloria Jeans. Before joining Gloria Jeans, served Ms. Turney as president and chief executive officer of Victoria’s Secret, a division of L Brands, Inc., and as president and chief executive officer of Victoria’s Secret Direct, the brand’s catalog and e-commerce operation. Ms. Turney previously held various management positions for several years, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Direct, the direct marketing department of the Neiman Marcus Group. Ms. Turney has also worked as a consultant for several retail and technology companies.

Ms. Turney currently serves on the board of directors of Alliance Data Systems Corp., including serving on the nominations and governance committee and chairing the compensation committee. Ms. Turney was previously on the board of directors of Sweden-based designer socks and underwear brand Happy Socks AB, the board of directors of M / I Homes, Inc. and the board of directors of FULLBEAUTY Brands. In addition, Ms. Turney is the director of the University of Oklahoma Foundation, among other things on the investment committee, and was director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Inc., among other things as chairman of the board of its research institute. Ms. Turney received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the Baker Retailing Center Industry Advisory Board at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The board selected Ms. Turney based on her previous executive positions on the board and senior management, her extensive knowledge of digital / e-commerce, marketing, operations, finance, and her experience as both a retailer and a retail salesman.

About Academy Sports + Outdoor

Academy is a leading retailer of sporting goods and outdoor recreation in the United States. Originally a family business in 1938. founded Texas, Academy has grown to 259 stores in 16 contiguous states. Academy’s mission is to provide “Fun For All” and Academy accomplishes that mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that creates a strong connection with a wide range of consumers. The Academy’s product range focuses on the key categories of outdoor, clothing, shoes and sports & leisure through leading national brands as well as through a portfolio of 19 own brands that go far beyond the traditional range of sporting goods and clothing. More information is available at

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