Michelle Smith was named Vice President of Human Resources for Barnes & Noble, Inc. in November 1996. She is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of policies, practices and programs covering employee relations, compensation, benefits, organizational development and employee services.
Ms. Smith joined Barnes & Noble in September 1993 as Director of Human Resources. She was instrumental in directing the development of new initiatives that supported Barnes & Noble’s rapid expansion – a corporate Intranet, a human resources service center, and an improved benefits package.
Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Ms. Smith was Vice President for Personnel Administration at Fortunoff’s, a multi-site specialty retailer in the New York City area. Before that, she held various personnel positions at TDK Electronics Corporation.
Ms. Smith holds a bachelor's of science degree in Exceptional Education from the University of Miami and completed her graduate studies in administration and supervision at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and serves on the Health and Employee Benefits Committee and Employment Law Committee of the National Retail Federation. In 1993, she was recognized by Matilda Cuomo for her role in fostering the New York State Mentoring Program on Long Island.