Michael P. Huseby, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Michael P. Huseby serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he served as Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble Education. Prior to joining the Company, he was a member of the board of directors of Barnes & Noble, Inc. from January 2014 and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble until August 2, 2015. Mr. Huseby was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NOOK Media LLC and President of Barnes & Noble in July 2013, and Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble in March 2012. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Huseby served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading telecommunications and media company, which was acquired by the Altice Group in June 2016. He served on the Cablevision Systems Corporation board of directors in 2000 and 2001. Prior to joining Cablevision, Mr. Huseby served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Charter Communications, Inc., a large cable operator in the United States. Mr. Huseby served on the board of directors of Charter Communications from May 2013 through May 2016. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Huseby served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, of AT&T Broadband, a provider of cable television services. In addition, Mr. Huseby spent over 20 years at Arthur Andersen, LLP and Andersen Worldwide, S.C., where he held the position of Global Equity Partner.
Emily C. Chiu
Emily C. Chiu was elected as a director in June 2018. Ms. Chiu currently serves as Principal at Square, Inc. and is responsible for Square’s corporate development strategy and M&A activity across its SMB (Seller), direct-to-consumer (Cash App), and developer platform businesses. From July 2015 to July 2017, Ms. Chiu was a Partner and Head of Corporate Development at 500 Startups, LLC, a global startup accelerator and venture capital firm. In this role, Ms. Chiu oversaw venture capital investments in the education technology space and founded 500 Startups’ M&A advisory practice. Previously, Ms. Chiu was a founding team member and Vice President at UniversityNow, Inc., an education technology startup whose mission is to make higher education affordable and accessible to all students through its personalized learning platform and accredited universities. Prior to that, she served as the Head of Operations at TEDx San Francisco, was a private equity investor at GI Partners, a global investment firm, and served in various positions across the technology and healthcare investment banking groups at Goldman Sachs. Ms. Chiu is a graduate of The Wharton School of Business and the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Wharton Research Scholar and member of The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.
Daniel A. DeMatteo
Daniel A. DeMatteo was elected as a director in August 2015. Mr. DeMatteo has served as Gamestop, Inc.’s Director and Executive Chairman since June 2010, and previously held other roles with Gamestop, including Chief Executive Officer from August 2008 to June 2010, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer from March 2005 to August 2008, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Gamestop or its predecessor companies since November 1996. Mr. DeMatteo has served as an executive officer in the video game industry since 1988.
David G. Golden
David G. Golden was elected as a director in August 2015. Mr. Golden served as a director of Barnes & Noble, Inc. from October 2010 until the spin-off. Mr. Golden has been a Managing Partner at Revolution Ventures, an early-stage venture affiliate of Revolution LLC, since January 2013. From March 2006 until December 2011, Mr. Golden was a Partner, Executive Vice President and Strategic Advisor at Revolution LLC, a private investment company. Mr. Golden also served as Executive Chairman of Code Advisors LLC, a private merchant bank focused on the intersections of technology and media from its founding in 2010 through 2012. Previously, Mr. Golden served in various senior positions over an 18-year period at JPMorgan Chase, and a predecessor company, Hambrecht & Quist Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Golden worked as a corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Mr. Golden is a member of the boards of Blackbaud, Inc. and Everyday Health Inc., where he currently serves on their respective audit committees. Mr. Golden also is a member of the advisory boards of Granite Ventures LLC, a technology venture capital firm, and Partners for Growth LLC, a venture lending firm, and is a board member of several private companies. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of The Harvard Law Review.
Vice Admiral John R. Ryan
John R. Ryan was elected to the Board in July 2015. Vice Admiral Ryan served as director of Barnes & Noble, Inc. from July 2014 until the spin-off. Vice Admiral Ryan joined the Center for Creative Leadership’s Board of Governors in 2002 and has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since 2007. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Chancellor of the State University of New York. Previously, Vice Admiral Ryan served as President of the State University of New York Maritime College from 2002 to 2005, Interim President of the State University of New York at Albany from 2004 to 2005 and Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland from 1998 to 2002. Vice Admiral Ryan served in the United States Navy from 1967 to his retirement in 2002, including as Commander of the Fleet Air Mediterranean from 1995 to 1998, Commander of the Patrol Wings for the United States Pacific Fleet from 1993 to 1995 and Director of Logistics for the US Command from 1991 to 1993. Vice Admiral Ryan is also the lead director of CIT Group, Inc. and was a director of Cablevision Systems Corporation from 2002 until it was acquired by the Altice Group in June 2016.
Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton
Jerry Sue Thornton was elected as a director in August 2015. Dr. Thornton currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dream Catcher Educational Consulting, a consulting firm that provides coaching and professional development for newly selected college and university presidents. She previously served as President of Cuyahoga Community College from 1992 to 2013 (for which she is now President Emeritus). Prior to serving in that role, she was President of Lakewood College in Minnesota from 1985 to 1991. She also serves as a director of FirstEnergy Corp., Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. and Republic Powdered Metals, Inc. (RPM, Inc.), and as a director of American Greetings Corporation from 2000 to 2013 until it became a private corporation.
David A. Wilson
David A. Wilson was elected to the Board in July 2015, and serves as chair of the Audit Committee. Dr. Wilson served as a director of Barnes & Noble, Inc. from October 2010 until the spin-off. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Inc., Dr. Wilson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Graduate Management Admission Council, a not-for-profit organization of leading graduate business schools around the world. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Wilson was a director of Terra Industries Inc., a producer and marketer of nitrogen products. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Wilson was a director of Laureate Education, Inc. (formerly Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.), an operator of an international network of licensed campus-based and online universities and higher education institutions. Dr. Wilson has also held positions at Ernst & Young LLP (and its predecessor, Arthur Young & Company), and has served as a faculty member at Queen’s University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Texas, where he was awarded tenure, and Harvard Business School. He is also chair of the audit committee and the lead director of CoreSite Realty Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment trust. In November 2015, he was elected as Trustee of Johnson & Wales University, a not for profit institution, and serves as chair of its audit committee and as a member of its finance and budget committee. In 2015, Dr. Wilson was named to the NACD Directorship 100, the annual list of the most influential directors and governance or governance-related professionals.