Board of Directors
Leonard Riggio is the founder of the Company and has been Chairman of the Board and a principal stockholder since its inception in 1986. He served as Chief Executive Officer from 1986 through February 2002 and from December 2016 through April 2017. He was Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and the principal stockholder of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc. (B&N College, a subsidiary of the Company until August 2, 2015), one of the nation's largest operators of college bookstores, from 1965 and until its acquisition by the Company in September 2009. From 1985 to February 2017, Mr. Riggio was a principal beneficial owner of MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc. ("MBS"), one of the nation's largest wholesalers of college textbooks. He also served as a director of GameStop Corp. ("GameStop"), a national video game retailer from 2001 to 2011.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Mr. Riggio has approximately 45 years of entrepreneurial and executive and board-level experience, resulting from his activities as (at various times) the founder, Chief Executive Officer, chairman of the board and significant stockholder of the Company, B&N College, MBS and GameStop. This extensive experience allows Mr. Riggio to bring to the Board a deep insight into the operations, challenges and complex issues facing the Company and retail-oriented businesses in general.