Board of Directors
Demos Parneros was named Barnes & Noble's Chief Executive Officer in April 2017 after having joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer in November 2016. Mr. Parneros was previously President, North American Stores & Online, for Staples, Inc. He has 30 years of leadership experience in all aspects of retail management, including operations, human resources, merchandising, e-commerce, marketing and real estate. Mr. Parneros started his career at Staples as General Manager of its first New York City store in 1987. He worked his way up the ranks through multiple management positions, including SVP Mid-Atlantic Operations; President, US Stores; President, US Retail; and President, North American Stores & Online, where he was responsible for a team of 50,000 associates, across 1,800 stores, and Staples' online business. Mr. Parneros is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He is currently a member of Keycorp's Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Advisors of Modell's Sporting Goods.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Mr. Parneros has over 30 years of retail experience, holding various executive positions within Staples, Inc.’s largest business segment, North American Stores and Online and for all aspects of Staples Inc.’s online and mobile retail operation. He has extensive experience developing complementary and integrated online and brick and mortar retail strategies, integrating technology into traditional retail stores to enhance convenience and the customer experience, and leveraging mobile and online experiences to capture next-generation consumers, bringing to the board extensive leadership skills, vast experience in the retail industry and a history of driving results.