Max Roberts, the long-time head of Barnes & Noble College who also oversaw the spin-off of the business from Barnes & Noble Inc., will retire as CEO of Barnes & Noble Education September 19. Roberts will be replaced by Michael Huseby, another B&N Inc. and B&N Education veteran. Huseby served as CEO of B&N Inc., before moving to B&N Education as executive chairman following the spin-off of the company from B&N Inc.
Roberts spent 21 years with B&N College and B&N Education; he was credited by B&N Education for overseeing a number of strategic initiatives at the company since its spin-off.
Speaking to Roberts' legacy, Huseby said: "On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Max for his many contributions, including having led the company management team the past two years following BNED's spin-off from Barnes & Noble, Inc. Max has been a focused and dedicated leader who is completely devoted to our mission and people. We wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement."
Huseby first became involved with B&N Inc. in 2012, when he joined the company as CFO. He then served as president of B&N Inc. before being named CEO of the company in January 2014 following the resignation of William Lynch. He left B&N Inc. in August 2015 to become executive chairman of B&N Education following the spin-off from B&N Inc.