Long-time Barnes & Noble executive Jaime Carey will leave the company at the end of February. Carey’s pending departure was disclosed in a filing made with the SEC Tuesday morning.
Carey is currently president of the development and restaurant group, but in the filing, B&N said that last week it determined that Carey will no longer have those duties and responsibilities. As a result, Carey decided to resign, but agreed to stay through February “to provide for the transition of his responsibilities.”
Carey was named to his new role in June just as B&N was planning to launch new test stores that feature the B&N Kitchen. Its first stores opened this fall. Carey's duties will be divided between Demos Parneros, the newly named B&N chief operating officer, and David Deason, v-p of development. Carey's departure is not expected to change B&N's plans to test different prototype stores.
Prior to being named head of the development and restaurant group, Carey served as chief operating officer from July 2015 through June 2016 and chief merchandising officer from May 2008 through June 2015. He was also v-p of newsstand from January 2005 through April 2008.