MIZUNO USA, INC. WELCOMES NEW RUNNING FOOTWEAR BUSINESS UNIT MANAGER DOUG SMILEY

July 3, 2012

Norcross, GA (July 3, 2012) – Doug Smiley has joined Mizuno USA, Inc., as the company’s new Running Footwear Business Unit Manager.  He will be managing the running footwear category at Mizuno, which includes planning and executing seasonal footwear lines.  Smiley will develop market leading running footwear in conjunction with the Global Footwear Group at Mizuno Corporation in Osaka, Japan.

Smiley comes to Mizuno after a 10-year career at City Sports, Inc., where he most recently served as Running Footwear Buyer.  During that time, Smiley was responsible for managing the Running Footwear category, where he helped usher the growth that outpaced City Sports’ overall company growth.  He worked closely with key vendor partners in formulating product launch campaigns and seasonal marketing plans that produced record seasonal sales.

“We are excited to welcome Doug Smiley to Mizuno USA,” said Rod Foley, Director of Product Management for Running, Mizuno USA.  “Doug is well respected within the industry and has extensive experience in the running retail environment.  His wealth of experience, impressive background, and leadership abilities, will enable Mizuno’s running footwear business to continue to grow and succeed.”

Smiley received a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Marquette University, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.  Smiley will be relocating from Boston to the Atlanta area.

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes baseball, golf, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America.  Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

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