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Keynote Conversation with B&N CEO James Daunt
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Keynote Conversation with B&N CEO James Daunt

James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble and Managing Director of Waterstones in the United Kingdom, will be interviewed by BISG Executive Director Brian O’Leary. Topics will include the redesign of over 350 of B&N's 600-plus stores, how B&N is changing its book selection, including the announced plan to give store managers flexibility to localize book selections, and plans for new stores coming out of the pandemic. Those attending will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

When: Friday, September 11, 2020
3:00 PM
Where: Online via GoToWebinar (see the link below)
Contact: Brian O'Leary
(646) 336-7141

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About James Daunt

James Daunt was named Barnes & Noble’s Chief Executive Officer in August 2019. In addition to being CEO of Barnes & Noble, Mr. Daunt also serves as Managing Director of Waterstones, the largest retail bookseller in the United Kingdom. Mr. Daunt currently oversees 627 Barnes & Noble stores in the United States, and 293 Waterstones locations across the U.K., Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium.

Mr. Daunt has nearly 30 years of experience in bookselling. In 1990, after an early career as an investment banker, Mr. Daunt opened his own bookstore in London, called Daunt Books. Daunt Books now has nine locations, mainly in London, and remains independently owned by Mr Daunt.

In 2011, Mr. Daunt was appointed Managing Director of Waterstones when the struggling bookseller was bought by Russian businessman, Alexander Mamut. Waterstones was subsequently restored to profitability, a success that led to the acquisition of a majority stake in the business by Elliott Advisors in July 2018. Elliott acquired Barnes & Noble in August 2019.




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