Demos Parneros was named Barnes & Noble’s Chief Operating Officer in November 2016. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of Company operations including stores, merchandising, e-Commerce, systems and real estate.
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.