Home / Knowledge / News / Fashion / Finish Line announces leadership succession plan

Finish Line announces leadership succession plan

Oct '08
The Finish Line Inc announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Glenn S. Lyon, currently President of Finish Line, as the Company's next Chief Executive Officer following the planned retirement of Alan H. Cohen, effective December 1, 2008. Mr. Cohen will remain Chairman of the Finish Line Board of Directors.

Upon his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lyon is expected to join The Finish Line's Board and Steven Schneider, currently the Company's Chief Operating Officer, will assume the additional role of President of Finish Line.

Mr. Cohen said, "Since we opened the first Finish Line store in July 1982, this company has grown from a single store in Indiana into a nationally recognized leader in athletic footwear and apparel operating almost 700 stores in 47 states and online.

The Company's growth at Finish Line and at Man Alive is a testament to our focus on outstanding service and premium brands as well as the talented team we have established. After 32 years in the business and our company on solid footing, this is the right time for me to retire and pass the baton to a team who I know can build on our success."

"Glenn Lyon is a seasoned executive with a strong background in merchandising and sales, and deep knowledge of our company and our industry," continued Mr. Cohen. "He understands the opportunities we have, the challenges retailers face, and the actions needed to capitalize on them. We are fortunate to have a leader of his caliber to assume the CEO role."

"As we welcome Glenn and Steve into their new roles, we want to thank Alan for his guidance and service to the Company. We are delighted that we will continue to benefit from his expertise as Chairman of the Board," said Bill Kirkendall, a director of The Finish Line Board. "With continued strong leadership, we expect a seamless transition as we move forward with our efforts to drive enhanced value and profitable growth."

Mr. Lyon said, "The Finish Line is a special company with more than 13,000 employees who share a passion for our business and a determination to create the leading athletic retailer. I am proud of what we have accomplished and am equally confident in The Finish Line's future. I look forward to working closely with the Board and management team as well as our talented employees to continue the progress we are making to further strengthen and grow The Finish Line."

Alan H. Cohen, a co-founder of the Company, served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from May 1982 until October 2003. In October 2003, Mr. Cohen stepped down from the Presidency and is currently the Chairman of the Board and CEO.

Since 1976, Mr. Cohen has been involved in the athletic retail business as principal co-founder of Athletic Enterprises, Inc. (one of the predecessor companies of the Company, which operated franchised Athlete's Foot stores in Indiana). Mr. Cohen is an attorney, and practiced law from 1973 through 1981.

Interviews View All

Karan Suratwala, Key Textile Accessories Private Limited

Karan Suratwala
Key Textile Accessories Private Limited

Chinese imports are destroying the supply chain

Veronique Lee, Modavanti

Veronique Lee

‘Sustainable fashion is trending upwards, slowly but surely, as people...

Top executives, Fabric manufacturers

Top executives
Fabric manufacturers

Domestic manufacturers would get an edge over imported products

Mala Alwani,

Mala Alwani

<div>Delhi-based fast fashion womenswear brand, Besiva, aims to bridge the ...

Jos Notermans,

Jos Notermans

SPGPrints is a global provider of integrated solutions for rotary screen...

Vasudevan LK,

Vasudevan LK

Epson is a world leader in digital imaging and printing solutions....

Melissa Tate, University of New South Wales

Melissa Tate
University of New South Wales

<div><div><div><div><b>Melissa Tate</b>, a well-known scientist currently...

Mr Hartmann Huth, Trevira GmbH

Mr Hartmann Huth
Trevira GmbH

Trevira GmbH is an innovative European manufacturer of high-value branded...

Mark Paterson, Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Seema Agrawal, Artisan Saga

Seema Agrawal
Artisan Saga

Artisan Saga, founded by Kaushik Rajani and Seema Agrawal, is an online...

Ritu Kumar, Label Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Sidharth Sinha, Sidharth Sinha

Sidharth Sinha
Sidharth Sinha

<b>Sidharth Sinha</b> has contributed to the successful rebirth and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

October 2019

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Follow us on instagram


Follow Fibre2Fashion On

Advanced Search