City Sports Names Marty Hanaka CEO

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Highly Successful Sports Retail Exec Plans to invest in Specialty Retailer’s Operations and People

Marty is an extremely accomplished CEO with unparalleled experience in creating industry-leading operations.

City Sports, a specialty sports retailer and a premiere destination for dedicated athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts, today announced veteran retail executive Marty Hanaka as CEO.

Hanaka, who has served on the Board of Directors for City Sports since 2008 and spent the last year as an operating partner at the Highland Consumer Fund has had previous tenures as Chairman and CEO of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc., Chairman and CEO of Sports Authority and Interim CEO of Guitar Center, Inc. Hanaka has held numerous positions in retail over the past 40 years and also has had deep board experience at more than one dozen public and private companies including as a Trustee and member of the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America.

“We have an established leader and a real visionary in Marty Hanaka,” said Tom Stemberg, managing general partner of Highland Consumer Fund, which acquired City Sports in 2008. “Marty is an extremely accomplished CEO with unparalleled experience in creating industry-leading operations. His knowledge in retail, specifically in the sports lifestyle industry, is as impressive as his vision for present day consumers and the ever-evolving retail landscape.”

Founded in 1983, City Sports operates 26 retail stores in metropolitan locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Vermont, as well as online at and offers performance footwear, apparel, and equipment for running, fitness, swim, cycling, tennis, team sports, and more. It offers a comprehensive assortment of performance footwear, equipment, and apparel from leading brands including Under Armour, Nike, Patagonia, The North Face, ASICS, adidas, and Brooks.

“Sports and the retail industry have been part of my DNA ever since I can remember,” said Hanaka. “I am excited to lead City Sports and refocus our efforts on investing in our core business, our people and our operations. We have a strong team in place and will continue to differentiate ourselves as athletes who serve athletes.”

Hanaka replaces Eddie Albertian, who left the company in June.

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