July 22, 2015 – New York-based executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates has recruited Frederic D. Argir as vice president and chief digital officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc., overseeing the company’s e-commerce and NOOK businesses, which are part of retail. He will report to Jaime Carey, chief operating officer.
Mr. Argir most recently served as chief digital officer for Toys “R” Us, Inc. Prior to that, he was chief information officer at The Sports Authority, where he led the organization through a formal web redesign, incrementally increasing page conversion through a focus on improved usability and experience. He also spent five years at Target Corporation as vice president of supply chain development.
“We are very excited to welcome Fred Argir, an accomplished e-commerce/Omni-channel leader who brings a deep understanding of retail, e-commerce, information technology and supply chain,” said Mr. Carey. “Fred’s proven track record for driving organizations to high levels of performance and profitability make him an ideal choice to run our e-Commerce and NOOK businesses.”
Barnes & Noble is a Fortune 500 company and leading content, digital media and educational products retailer. The company operates 648 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com.
Herbert Mines Associates is a specialist search boutique focusing on the retail, luxury, consumer products, hospitality & food service, fashion/apparel, and e-commerce industries. The firm is noted for its C-level recruiting work, placing presidents, chief operating officers and CEOs at a number of branded retailers including: Coach, Inc.; Fred’s; Neiman Marcus; Payless ShoeSource; Ulta Beauty; Mama Rosa’s Pizza; Oregon Ice Cream Co.; Abercrombie & Fitch; Fender; Black Diamond; Bare Snacks; and Hollister Co. The New York-based search firm recently placed Miki Racine Berardelli as president, digital commerce, chief marketing officer and EVP at Chico’s FAS, Inc.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media