Shelf Awareness Launches B&N CEO Hunt

Shelf Awareness Launches B&N CEO Hunt Barnes & Noble humor

Barnes & Noble is currently looking for its fifty millionth CEO in the past five years, and the Shelf Awareness newsletter wants to help. They have proposed that, rather than hire someone from outside the industry, B&N should hire a book industry pro to run the US's largest bookstore chain.

SA has launched a hunt for B&N's next CEO, and they have invited all of us to participate.

Following the abrupt firing of Demos Parneros on July 3, Barnes & Noble is searching for another CEO, its fifth in six years. If the company is consistent, it will hire yet another chief executive with little or no experience in the book world, requiring him or her to spend time learning on the job about the often quirky book business ("products are sold to retailers with prices on them and on a returnable basis?!"). The perceived benefit of hiring someone from outside the business to bring a new perspective is long gone--remember how much that helped Borders? And filling this job right is all the more crucial now because publishers need B&N as a bulwark against Amazon and indie booksellers need publishers' distribution infrastructure that services bricks-and-mortar stores, both chain and indie.

Like many in the book world, we at Shelf Awareness wonder why B&N, founded by proven book people, can't seem to find any qualified leaders from the book business. We believe there are plenty of capable, experienced book people who could step in and make a difference. And we bet you do, too. So, as a public service (and for a bit of fun), we're encouraging our readers to nominate possible CEOs for B&N.

You can make nominations and vote over on SurveyMonkey. You can also see the latest results.

Who would you recommend for the role?

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About Nate Hoffelder (9910 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on Shelf Awareness Launches B&N CEO Hunt

  1. Riggio.
    He’s going to run the show anyway, might as well give him the title.

  2. “Riggio.
    He’s going to run the show anyway, might as well give him the title.”

    Nah, he likes treating them too much as remote controlled dummies, he sticks his hand up their tail-hole and wiggles his fingers to make them spout what he wants to hear. 😉

  3. “to spend time learning on the job about the often quirky book business (“products are sold to retailers with prices on them and on a returnable basis?!”).”

    Maybe it’s time to move away from that business model, considering how well it’s doing. Of course, maybe that’s what will happen when B&N inevitably goes away anyway.

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