NEW YORK - Book seller Barnes & Noble (BKS) has promoted the head of its Nook business to chief executive of company.
The struggling retailer said Wednesday
Michael Huseby, 59, will take the role immediately. The post has been vacant
since July when CEO William Lynch left the company.
It comes after the busy holiday season
that can account for up to 40 percent of a retailer's sales. Barnes & Noble will release holiday sales
figures on Thursday.
Huseby will take the helm of the New
York company as it struggles to turn around results in the face of tough
competition and a book market that is shifting to digital books. The company is
also dealing with an accounting probe by the Securities and Exchange
In its most recent fiscal second
quarter ended Oct. 26, the company returned to a profit, helped by cost cuts,
but revenue fell 8 percent declining across all segments.
The SEC told the bookseller Oct. 16
that it was investigating the company's restatement of earnings announced in
July as well as an employee allegation that it improperly allocated some
information-technology expenses between its Nook and retail segments. Barnes & Noble Inc. began reporting its
Nook business sales separately from its retail business in late 2012 as it
evaluated ways to become more profitable.
Huseby joined Barnes & Noble as CFO in 2012 and was
promoted to president of the company and CEO of Nook Media in 2013. Before
joining Barnes & Noble he was CFO
of cable company Cablevision Systems Corp.
Barnes & Noble shares rose 26 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $15.01 in midday trading.