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Barnes & Noble names Ronald D. Boire chief executive, retail

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New York, N.Y., USA - July 3, 2015, New York, N.Y., USA - Barnes & Noble, Inc. names Ronald D. Boire chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble’s retail business, effective September 8, 2015.

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Mr. Boire is currently President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors, Sears Canada.

Prior to serving as President & Chief Executive Officer of Sears Canada, Inc., Mr. Boire had a broad range of experience in retail and technology. He held the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer and President, Sears and Kmart Formats at Sears Holdings (SHLD).

Mr. Boire also served in other executive positions including President and CEO at Brookstone, Inc., where he led a turnaround of Brookstone’s performance through improved operations, product development and marketing. While at Toys “R” Us he served as President, North America from 2006 through 2009.

Mr. Boire has extensive experience in consumer electronics where he has been involved in some of the most important product launches over the past 25 years. He was Executive Vice President, Global Merchandise Manager for Best Buy (BBY), responsible for managing Best Buy’s $30 billion U.S. Business Teams, global technology and vendor management, global sourcing and private label development.

Before working at Best Buy, Mr. Boire served in a variety of increasingly senior roles during a 17-year career at Sony Electronics, Inc., including President of Sony’s Personal Mobile Products Company, where he was responsible for Sony’s Audio and Mobile Electronics products in the U.S., and President of the Consumer Sales Company responsible for sales and distribution in the U.S.

Mr. Boire currently serves as a Director of the Retail Council of Canada and was previously a Director of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Mr. Boire has dual MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School.

As previously announced, the Company plans to separate its College and Retail businesses into two public companies. Once the spinoff of Barnes & Noble Education is completed, which is expected to occur by the end of August, Mr. Boire will become the Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc., which will include the Retail and NOOK units. It is also expected that Mr. Boire will join the Barnes & Noble Board of Directors.

Michael P. Huseby, who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc., and as a member of its Board of Directors, will remain in those positions until the effective date of the split at which point he will become Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble Education, which will have a separate Board of Directors.

Mr. Huseby joined Barnes & Noble in March 2012 having served as Chief Financial Officer, President of Barnes & Noble Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of NOOK Digital, LLC. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Barnes & Noble, Inc., in January 2014, and was elected to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Huseby has a distinguished career in the media communications industry having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision Systems, Corporation and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Charter Communications, Inc.

Prior to joining Cablevision he served on its Board of Directors and currently serves on Charter's Board of Directors.

The Company also announced that Jaime M. Carey, Chief Merchandising Officer, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Carey joined Barnes & Noble in May 2003 as Director of Newsstand, and was promoted to Vice President. Under his leadership, the Company dramatically increased magazine sales, consolidating its position as one of the top magazine retailers in the U.S.

In May 2008, Mr. Carey was named Chief Merchandising Officer and has been responsible for the merchandise buying of all departments, including Book, Music, Toys & Games, DVD, Magazine and Gift. He also serves on the board of the National Book Foundation since being elected in 2008.

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