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City Sports names veteran retailer as CEO

Marty HanakaCity Sports

Longtime retail executive Marty Hanaka will replace Eddie Albertian as CEO of City Sports, the sports retailer said Tuesday.

Hanaka, 66, has been a member of the company’s since 2008 and an operating partner at the Highland Consumer Fund for the past year. Previously, he served as CEO of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc. and Sports Authority, and interim CEO of Guitar Center, Inc.

“We have an established leader and a real visionary in Marty Hanaka,” said Tom Stemberg, managing general partner of Highland Consumer Fund, which acquired City Sports in 2008. “Marty is an extremely accomplished CEO with unparalleled experience in creating industry-leading operations. His knowledge in retail, specifically in the sports lifestyle industry, is as impressive as his vision for present day consumers and the ever-evolving retail landscape.”

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“Sports and the retail industry have been part of my DNA ever since I can remember,” said Hanaka. “I am excited to lead City Sports and refocus our efforts on investing in our core business, our people, and our operations. We have a strong team in place and will continue to differentiate ourselves as athletes who serve athletes.”

City Sports, based in Boston, has 26 stores throughout the Northeast, including nine in Massachusetts.


Karishma Mehrotra can be reached at karishma.mehrotra@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @missmishma.