Barnes & Noble names a new chief information officer

December 16, 2015 12:42 PM

Barnes & Noble Inc. has hired William E. Wood as its chief information officer to develop new technology systems and oversee IT, telecommunications, computer systems and technology resources and strategies.

Wood previously was chief information officer at pawn shop operator EZCorp Inc., where he led an overhaul of the company’s information technology division, says Barnes and Noble, No. 47 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide. Wood also has held executive IT roles at Bass Pro Shops (No. 110), Brookstone Inc. (No. 242) and Dollar General Corp. (No. 790).

Wood replaces Chris Troia, who has retired as CIO, a Barnes and Noble spokeswoman says. Wood will work closely with the bookseller’s new chief digital officer, Frederic Argir, who was hired in July from Toys R Us.  Wood and Argir will collaborate on technology needs across the businesses that Argir oversees: e-commerce and the retailer’s Nook e-book business.

Wood’s hire comes five months after Barnes & Noble hired Ronald Boire as CEO, replacing Michael Huseby, and almost six months after the retailer announced plans to launch a redesigned website.

Barnes & Noble reported digital content sales of $37.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, down 28.8% from $52.0 million during the same time last year. The retailer’s 2014 web sales were an Internet Retailer-estimated $1.04 billion, according to data.






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