Sports Authority announces new chief merchant

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Sports Authority announced the appointment of retail industry expert Gwen Manto to oversee all merchandising, planning, allocation, replenishment, supply chain and product development functions.

Manto, previously served as EVP and chief merchandising officer for Dick’s Sporting Goods. Manto’s appointment to EVP and chief merchant is effective June 1, the company reported.


"We are pleased to have Gwen joining our team and as we continue to work with our premiere sporting goods vendors, we know Gwen will be the best asset to have on our side,” said David Campisi, president and CEO of Sports Authority. "I believe Gwen’s creativity, business acumen and leadership experience will be instrumental to our success as we continue to grow our business."

Prior to Manto’s employment with Dick’s Sporting Goods, she served as EVP softlines for Sears, Roebuck & Co., where she led the apparel and soft home categories. Manto has also served as vice chairman and chief merchandising officer for Stein Mart and as president and CEO of Kid's Foot Locker. Earlier in her career, Manto held the senior level merchant roles at both Kids‘R’Us and Babies‘R’Us.

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