Barnes & Noble makes another move to restock its C-suite

July 20, 2015 03:30 PM

The human resources department at Barnes & Noble Inc. has had a busy month. The company today announced it has hired Frederic D. Argir as vice president and chief digital officer. Argir will oversee e-commerce and the retailer’s Nook e-book business, which experienced a 47.9% sales slide during the retailer’s 2015 fiscal year.

Earlier this month the retailer, No. 47 in Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide, hired Ronald Boire as its new CEO. Boire will start in September and replace Michael Huseby in the role. Huseby will become executive chairman of Barnes & Noble Education, the retailer’s college bookstore division, which is in the process of being spun off as a stand-alone publicly traded company. That separation will be completed in August.

Argir comes to Barnes & Noble following a long career at major retail companies. Most recently he was chief digital officer at Toys ‘R’ Us, No. 40 in the Top 500 Guide. Prior to Toys “R” Us, Argir was chief information officer, senior vice president overseeing e-commerce at Sports Authority, No. 277. He’s also held roles at Target Corp., No. 16, and Fingerhut, a division of Bluestem Brands Inc., No. 60.

“We are very excited to welcome Fred Argir, an accomplished e-commerce [and] omnichannel leader who brings a deep understanding of retail, e-commerce, information technology and supply chain,” says Jamie Carey, Barnes & Noble’s chief operating officer. Argir will start July 30 and report to Carey.

The company also announced that Mahesh Veerina, who led the Nook business for the last two years, will leave the company in February. 




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