US athletic apparel and footwear retailer The Finish Line has appointed Samuel Sato, formerly president if the Finish Line brand, as group president.

Sato joined Finish Line in March 2007 as EVP and chief merchandising officer. He was then named chief merchandising officer in August 2010. He started his executive retail career at Nordstrom in 1985 prior to joining Finish Line.

Sato has also been elected to the board, filling the Class II director position previously held by Bill Kirkendall.