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.
George Campbell Jr. Ph.D.
George Campbell, Jr. has been a director of the Company since 2008. Dr. Campbell serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Dr. Campbell, a physicist, is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Webb Institute, an engineering college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering. Prior to that, Dr. Campbell served as the Chairman of the Webb Institute. Dr. Campbell was the President from July 2000 through June 2011, and is now President Emeritus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY ("Cooper Union"), a college focusing primarily on engineering, architecture and art. Dr. Campbell is also a director of Con Edison, Inc. and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the MITRE Corporation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Montefiore Medical Center, (Emeritus), and the Institute of International Education. Dr. Campbell is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Dr. Campbell has a total of more than 25 years of executive and board-level experience serving on the boards of major companies, as well as serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Union. Dr. Campbell's experience has generally been focused in higher education, and he has more than 12 years of experience in research and development in telecommunications technology at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Campbell also has extensive experience serving on the board of trustees of academic and research institutions and non-profit organizations. This experience allows Dr. Campbell to bring to the Board a unique insight into the Company's operations.
Mark D. Carleton
Mark D. Carleton has served as a director of the Company since September 2011. Mr. Carleton serves on the Audit Committee. Mr. Carleton was initially nominated as a director by Liberty Media pursuant to the terms of its preferred stock issued to Liberty Media pursuant to the terms of its investment in the Company in August 2011. After Liberty Media's right to elect to preferred stock directors was terminated upon the sale of the majority of its preferred stock interest in April 2014, the Board chose to re-elect Mr. Carleton as a director. Mr. Carleton has been Senior Vice President of Liberty Media, and served as a Senior Vice President of predecessors of Liberty Media, since 2003. His primary responsibilities include corporate development and oversight of Liberty Media's technology, music, telecom, satellite and sports interests. Prior to Liberty Media, Mr. Carleton served as a Partner with KPMG LLP from 1993 to 2003, where he had overall responsibility for the communications sector and also served as a member of KPMG LLP's Board of Directors. Mr. Carleton currently serves as a director of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., Sirius XM Radio Inc. and a number of private companies and formerly served as a director of DIRECTV.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Mr. Carleton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Colorado State University, where he currently is a member of the College of Business Global Leadership Council. He also is a member of the University of Colorado Sports and Entertainment Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Directors of United States Speedskating. In addition, Mr. Carleton was the Executive in Resident at the Colorado State University Business School for the 2011-2012 school year. Mr. Carleton brings to the Board, among his other skills and qualifications, financial and accounting expertise acquired while serving as a partner at KPMG LLP. In addition, Mr. Carleton's service on other public company boards has provided him with a number of skills, including leadership development and succession planning, risk assessment, and shareholder and government relations.
Scott S. Cowen
Scott S. Cowen has been a director of the Company since April 2014. Dr. Cowen serves as the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee. Dr. Cowen has been the president emeritus and distinguished University chair of Tulane University since July 2014. From July 1998 to July 2014, Dr. Cowen served as the president of Tulane University. While serving as president of Tulane University he led the school, as well as the City of New Orleans, through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and developed unique and exceptional skills in crisis management. In recognition of his leadership skills, he received the Carnegie Award for Academic Leadership, the TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education, and was named one of the 'Ten Best College Presidents' in America by Time magazine. Prior to 1998, Dr. Cowen was dean at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where he was also a professor for 23 years. Dr. Cowen is currently a board member of two other publicly-traded companies: Newell Rubbermaid, Inc., a consumer products corporation, where he has been a director since 1999, and Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. (formerly Forest City Enterprises), a real estate developer, where he has been a director since 1989. In addition, Dr. Cowen served as a board member of NACCO Industries, Inc., a publicly-traded mining, small appliances and specialty retail holding company, from May 2014 to August 2016 and American Greetings Corporation, formerly a publicly-traded greeting card company, from 1989 to 2013. Since January 2015, Dr. Cowen has been serving as a senior advisor for the Boston Consulting Group. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to the White House Council for Community Solutions, which advised the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to address community needs. Dr. Cowen recently became a member of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Notre Dame.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Dr. Cowen has extensive academic and professional expertise in the areas of strategic financial management systems, corporate governance and leadership, including as a consultant with public companies in such areas and significant experience in retail and consumer business and crisis management, including in connection with the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
William T. Dillard II
William Dillard, II has been a director of the Company since November 1993. Mr. Dillard serves on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Compensation Committee. Mr. Dillard has been the Chief Executive Officer of Dillard's, Inc. ("Dillard's"), a national department store and retailer of luxury goods, since May 1998 and he has been a director of Dillard's since 1968. He was appointed Chairman of Dillard's in May 2002. Mr. Dillard is also a director of Acxiom Corporation ("Acxiom"), a company that provides marketing services focused on the use of technology.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Mr. Dillard has a total of more than 40 years of executive and board-level experience, focused in the retail industry. He is also a director of Acxiom as well as Chief Executive Officer of Dillard's. This experience in the retail industry allows Mr. Dillard to bring to the Board substantial knowledge of the retail sector.
Al Ferrara, Certified Public Accountant, has served as a director of the Company since September 2016. Mr. Ferrara was previously the National Director of Retail & Consumer Products at BDO USA, LLP. Prior to that position, Mr. Ferrara worked at BDO USA, LLP in a variety of positions since 1994 and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Ferrara has provided services as a partner of public and private retail clients, including: Barnes & Noble, Inc., Aeropostale, Inc., Children's Place, Inc., GameStop Corp., Kmart Corporation, Modells Sporting Goods, Inc., Deb Shops, Inc., A.C. Moore Incorporated, Sleepy's, LLC, Syms Corporation, Camuto Group, Inc., J. McLaughlin (Seas Island Clothiers, LLC) and 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. Previously, Mr. Ferrara served as the Northeast Regional Managing Partner at BDO USA, LLP from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Ferrara was also a director and BDO USA, LLP representative at Trenwith Capital, Inc. (now BDO Capital Advisors, LLC) from 2000 to 2015 and a member of the retail advisory board at Hilco Retail Consulting from 2013 to 2015.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Mr. Ferrara has over 45 years of experience in public accounting and extensive knowledge of the retail industry along with SEC experience.
Paul B. Guenther
Paul B. Guenther has been a director of the Company since June 2015. Mr. Guenther serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Guenther is the former President of Paine Webber Group, Inc. and also served on its board of directors. Mr. Guenther also serves as a director of ZAIS Group Holdings, a NASDAQ listed investment management company focusing on investments in specialized credit strategies. He also retired as a director of Guardian Life Insurance in December 2015, a Fortune 250 financial services company and one of the largest individual disability income insurance providers in the U.S. and was chairman of Community & Southern Holdings, a $4 billion Atlanta based bank sold in 2016. Mr. Guenther serves as the chairman of the executive committee at Lenox Hill Hospital and is a Director of Northwell, the parent of Lenox Hill and serves as a director of Fordham University, where he previously served as the Chairman of Board. Mr. Guenther has served as chairman of the New York Philharmonic and is the former director of the Securities Industry Association and a former President and Director of Columbia's Graduate School of Business Alumni Association.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Mr. Guenther has expertise in managing large complex organizations. In addition, Mr. Guenther brings a sophisticated knowledge of finance to the Board, as well as a deep understanding of operations. Mr. Guenther is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Patricia L. Higgins
Patricia L. Higgins has been a director of the Company since June 2006. Ms. Higgins is the Lead Independent Director and serves on the Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Ms. Higgins was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Switch and Data Facilities Company, Inc., a leading provider of network interconnection and collocation services, from September 2000 to February 2004. Prior to that, she served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Research Board from May 1999 to August 2000 and Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Alcoa Inc. from January 1997 to April 1999. Ms. Higgins is also a director of Travelers, Dycom Industries and lnternap. During the previous five years, Ms. Higgins also served as a director of Delta Air Lines, Visteon and SpectraSite Communications. Ms. Higgins was a director of Barnes & Noble. com from 1999 to 2004.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Ms. Higgins has over 30 years of technology experience, holding senior executive positions in telecommunications, computing and information technology. Ms. Higgins has had extensive board experience as a director of nine public companies, including as a member of six audit committees, chairing two; a member of six compensation committees, chairing one; a member of four governance/nominating committees, chairing one; and chairing one finance committee. This wide-ranging experience allows Ms. Higgins to bring to the Board a significant depth of understanding into the operation and management of public companies, including those in the technology sector.
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.
Kimberley A. Van Der Zon
Ms. Van Der Zon is a Senior Advisor for the Global Board and CEO Practices at Egon Zehnder, the global board advisory, executive search and leadership consulting firm, which she joined in 1999 and where she was a Partner from 2005-2017. Ms. Van Der Zon serves as a trusted advisor to boards and CEOs on all facets of strategically maximizing human capital, including talent management, CEO and board succession planning, and governance. Previously, Ms. Van Der Zon served as Vice President Corporate Marketing from 1996-1999 at BMO Financial Group. From 1992-1996, Ms. Van Der Zon served as Senior Brand Marketing Manager and Director New Business Development at Labatt Breweries. Ms. Van Der Zon commenced her career in 1986 at Procter & Gamble in Marketing, where she was ultimately promoted to Senior Brand Manager, responsible for the P&L leadership of a portfolio of iconic brands. Ms. Van Der Zon holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto, and an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills. Ms. Van Der Zon has over 30 years of strategic consulting, brand management and marketing experience. She has wide-ranging executive experience, having served in functional and operational roles across the professional services, consumer, and financial services sectors, and her consulting experience has given her extensive exposure to most other sectors. She has regional expertise in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, with strong knowledge of Europe and Asia as well. She brings to the Board her extensive knowledge of talent management, corporate governance and board leadership, as well as marketing and brand management.