John Hall Joins Finish Line as Executive Vice President, Divisional President and Chief Merchandising Officer

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$FINL #CMO–The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL), a premium retailer of athletic
shoes, apparel and accessories, announced today that John Hall will join
the company in mid-May as executive vice president, divisional president
and chief merchandising officer. Hall, a long-time Nordstrom executive,
most recently served as vice president, corporate merchandiser of Rack

“We’re thrilled to have John join Finish Line. He will play a pivotal
role as we continue to strengthen consumer engagement and enhance our
merchandise offering and brand storytelling,” said Sam Sato, chief
executive officer of Finish Line. “John’s focus and drive to elevate the
consumer experience are critical today when the customer – and how he or
she accesses us – is evolving so rapidly.”

As chief merchandising officer/executive vice president, Hall’s focus
will span across consumer engagement touchpoints including stores and
digital operations, merchandising and strategies involving the company’s
product vision. He will drive Finish Line brand growth strategies,
working closely with our brand partners and lead the creation and
evolution of the brand vision.

With almost 30 years of experience at Nordstrom, Hall’s consistently
achieved top line sales and profitability results in key regional,
divisional and corporate merchandising roles. He started with Nordstrom
as a sales associate in shoes and quickly moved into a buyer position
for men’s shoes. His leadership span primarily included positions
involving footwear from vice president/national merchandise manager of
men’s shoes to vice president/footwear brand manager for the Nordstrom
Product Group supporting men’s, women’s and kids shoes as well as vice
president/corporate merchandise manager of kid’s shoes.

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 980 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
Mobile shopping is available at
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Finish Line also operates JackRabbit (previously referred to by the
company as Running Specialty Group), which includes 72 specialty running
stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia under the JackRabbit,
The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company,
Roncker’s Running Spot, Running Fit, VA Runner, Capital RunWalk,
Richmond RoadRunner, Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, Run Colorado,
Raleigh Running Outfitters, Striders and Indiana Running Company
banners. More information is available at
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or Instagram via @JackRabbitNYC.

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statements. The principal risk factors that could cause actual
performance and future actions to differ materially from the
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the
company’s reliance on a few key vendors for a majority of its
merchandise purchases (including a significant portion from one key
vendor); the availability and timely receipt of products; the ability to
timely fulfill and ship products to customers; fluctuations in oil
prices causing changes in gasoline and energy prices, resulting in
changes in consumer spending as well as increases in utility, freight
and product costs; product demand and market acceptance risks;
deterioration of macroeconomic and business conditions; the inability to
locate and obtain or retain acceptable lease terms for the company’s
stores; the effect of competitive products and pricing; loss of key
employees; execution of strategic growth initiatives (including actual
and potential mergers and acquisitions and other components of the
company’s capital allocation strategy); cybersecurity risks, including
breach of customer data; a major failure of technology and information
systems; and the other risks detailed in the company’s Securities and
Exchange Commission filings. Readers are urged to consider these factors
carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements. The
forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date
of this report and Finish Line undertakes no obligation to publicly
update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or


The Finish Line, Inc.
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