US book retailer Barnes & Noble (B&N) has appointed Ronald D Boire as c.e.o of its retail business.
Boire will take on the role 8th September following the spin off of B&N Education. Earlier this year, the company said the separation will create two independent publicly traded companies, one comprising of its B&N College stores and the other comprising of its general retail stores and Nook digital businesses.
Boire is currently president and c.e.o of multi-goods retailer Sears Canada, where he has also held the roles of executive v.p., chief merchandising officer and president. Before that he was president of companies such as Brookstone and Toys R Us.
“I believe Ron’s extensive experience throughout all facets of the retail industry, combined with his leadership ability and proven track record, make him an ideal chief executive for Barnes & Noble,” said chairman Leonard Riggio. Boire will also join the board of directors.
Michael P Huseby, the current c.e.o. of B&N, will become executive chairman of Barnes & Noble Education, which will have a separate board of directors.
The company also announced that Jaime M Carey, chief merchandising officer, has been promoted to c.o.o., effective immediately.