|Samuel M. Sato|
President, Finish Line Brand
Sam was named President and Chief Merchandising Officer in August, 2010. He joined the company in 2007 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer.
A retail veteran, Sam’s career includes 22 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 including Divisional Merchandise Manager, Shoes, where he drove the successful execution of strategic and corporate merchandise plans for women's, men's, and children's shoes for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Earlier, he was Regional Merchandise Manager, Menswear, where he led Nordstrom's men's apparel business in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Sam began his executive career at Nordstrom in 1985.