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.
Jaime Carey, a 12-year veteran of Barnes & Noble who recently became COO, said, "Because of Mahesh's efforts, we've been able to re-focus the Nook business and make tremendous progress so that Nook can be integrated with the Retail business. We could not be more pleased that Mahesh has agreed to stay on until February of next year in order to ensure a smooth transition of the Nook business."
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.
This news comes shortly after Toys R Us announced plans to bring its entire e-commerce platform in-house by the end of next summer.
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.
Barnes & Noble also recently announced the appointment of Ronald Boire as president of its retail business. Press Release