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Hibbett hires President & Chief Operating Officer
Jan '08
Hibbett Sports Inc announced that Nissan Joseph will join the Company as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Joseph will report to Mickey Newsome, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is expected to begin his duties by early February 2008.

Mr. Joseph brings 22 years of sporting goods retail and wholesale experience to the Company. Prior to joining Hibbett, Nissan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hickory Brands Inc in Hickory, North Carolina, a privately owned manufacturer of footwear accessories with domestic and international operations.

During his tenure, he was responsible for sales, strategic planning, finance, branding, sourcing and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Hickory Brands, he held the positions of General Manager for Payless Shoes in Australia and Regional Vice President for Footaction USA.

In commenting on the announcement, Mr. Newsome stated, "We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Nissan's domestic and international expertise join our management team. His diverse background and successful track record in management, logistics, transportation and importing will be extremely beneficial as we continue to expand our store base and increase our profitability. Nissan's leadership and experience will complement our strong management team."

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