Chutes & Ladders: Barnes & Noble hires CDO; Mobeam adds CEO

Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good wordor the badfrom your shop to Allison Moon at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.

> Barnes & Noble hired Fred Argir as chief digital officer with responsibility for the e-commerce and Nook businesses. Mahesh Veernia, president of the Nook consumer business, will be leaving the company effective February 1, 2016. Argir will start his new position on July 30 and report to Carey. He joins Barnes & Noble after nearly three years at Toys R Us, where he was also chief digital office and oversaw the digital business in 13 countries. Prior to Toys R Us, Argir was CIO at The Sports Authority and led a formal web redesign that increased page conversion with a focus on improved usability and experience. He has also worked as a consultant at Best Buy, where he analyzed productivity and strategy in technology investments. Argir spent another five years at Target in supply chain development.  Story

> Mobile beaming technology company Mobeam has a new president and CEO, George Garrick (left). In addition, Joseph Battoe was named exec-VP of retail and consumer solutions. Garrick has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, including 15 years at IRI where he ultimately served as CEO. He has also been CEO at Flycast communications, PlaceWare,, Jingle Networks, Tapjoy and Social Shield. He is currently a board member, investor and advisor for G2 Consultants, with portfolio companies including Bizrate/Shopzilla. Story


> Former eBay executive Jeff Wong is joining professional services firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young) as global chief innovation officer, responsible for leading the global team that provides technology and trend forecasts, and develops new technologies, strategies and solutions. Wong worked at eBay for the past 10 years on the Marketplaces strategy team and was founder and senior director of eBay's business incubation group, which built new startups for eBay Marketplaces. His experience in building new businesses includes categories such as local commerce, business-to-business exchanges, services, mobile and big data. Story

Specialty clothing and accessory retailer Francesca's announced changes to its board of directors. Effective immediately, Martyn Redgrave is joining the board while Greg Brenneman and Richard Zannino have resigned. Brenneman and Zannino, partners at CCMP Capital, have been on Francesca's board since 2010 when CCMP acquired a controlling interest. As of March 2013, CCMP no longer has ownership interest in Francesca's and the two will focus on commitments to other boards. The new board member, Redgrave, is the managing partner and CEO of Agate Creek Partners, a professional governance and consulting services company he co-founded in July 2014. Prior to his retirement in August 2014, Redgrave held several leadership positions as L Brands, including senior advisor, Limited Brands' exec-VP and CAO, and CFO. Story

Point Inside has added to its retail and strategic advisory boards. Members provide strategic guidance on the company's future growth, partner strategy and in-store innovations. New additions include Jeff Jones, exec-VP and chief marketing officer at Target; Gail Cottle, former president of the Nordstrom Product Group; Dan Fishback, former CEO of DemandTec; and Charlotte Yates, founder of CIO Global Forum and former CEO of Telwares. They join Jeff Handler, former senior VP of marketing at Meijer and Sports Authority, and Gihad Jawhar, VP of digital at Lowe's. Board members will serve until June 2016. Point Inside provides digital in-store product location solutions that allow shoppers to map items in stores and also gather enterprise data for the brand and shopper. Story