Barnes & Noble Names CEO

Demos Parneros has been promoted to chief executive officer at Barnes & Noble and has been made a member of the company's Board of Directors.

April 6, 2018

Barnes & Noble Names CEO

Demos Parneros has been promoted to chief executive officer at Barnes & Noble and has been made a member of the company's Board of Directors.

Parneros has been chief operating officer of Barnes & Noble since November 2016. He joined B&N with 30 years of leadership experience in all aspects of retail management, including operations, human resources, merchandising, e-commerce, marketing, and real estate.

Prior to B&N, Parneros served as president, North American stores and online at Staples. He joined Staples in 1987 as a general manager and worked his way up the ranks through multiple management positions, including senior vice president Mid-Atlantic operations, president, U.S. stores, president, U.S. retail, and president North American stores and online, where he was responsible for a team of 50,000 associates and 1,800 stores and Staples' online business.

Parneros has also been a director of KeyCorp since January 2014 and a director at Modell's Sporting Goods since July 2009.

“It has become

abundantly clear over the last five months that Demos is a perfect fit for our company and an outstanding choice for chief executive officer,” said Leonard Riggio, executive chairman, Barnes & Noble. “He is highly respected by our Board of Directors and our leadership team, and I believe Demos is fully prepared to help foster a new era of growth for Barnes & Noble.”

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