The Barnes & Noble Heritage

The Barnes & Noble Heritage

From the start of its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in 1932, Barnes & Noble has upheld a worldwide reputation for excellence. In 1971, Leonard Riggio – a bookselling entrepreneur who began his career as a clerk in New York University’s campus bookstore in the early 1960s – acquired Barnes & Noble and within a few years had expanded the company’s reach to include more than 20 campus bookstores in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Today, Barnes & Noble College, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc., serves 4.5 million students and over 250,000 faculty members, and operates nearly 700 campus stores nationwide. Our brick-and-mortar presence is further supported by our sister company, With our combined resources, our customers and clients experience more innovation, enhanced customer service and most importantly, the visionary thinking that created one of the most respected retailing organizations in U.S. history.

Our executive leadership team bring years of passion, experience and commitment to the bookselling business, and includes:


Max J. Roberts, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Max Roberts is chief executive officer and is responsible for the leadership and management of Barnes & Noble College. Prior to joining us in 1996, he held senior executive positions at retailers including Petrie Retail, R.H. Macy & Company and May Department Stores, as well as the global public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. A Certified Public Accountant, he takes a hands-on, creative approach to business growth and in his time here has nearly quadrupled the number of institutions we serve.


Patrick Maloney, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Patrick Maloney is executive vice president and chief operating officer, and currently oversees operations at all bookstores nationwide, including bookstore e-commerce, store design & construction, internal operations, learning and development, and book and general merchandising departments. He began his career at Barnes & Noble as a student and assistant manager at SUNY Stony Brook University and was appointed to his current position in 2002.


Bill Maloney, Executive Vice President

Bill Maloney is executive vice president and is responsible for strategic planning and corporate marketing activities. He also oversees campus relations and is actively involved in building relationships with campus partners. Bill’s vast experience in college bookstore management includes positions at C.W. Post College and Columbia University.


Barry Brover, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Barry is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble College and overseas all financial functions including accounting, inventory control, accounts payable, financial reporting, planning and analysis, and internal audit and actively participates on the leadership team. Barry joined Barnes & Noble College in 1986 and has held various financial executive positions with increasing responsibility. He was promoted to his current position in 2006. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Barry worked for the international accounting firm of KPMG supervising audits for clients in various industries including retail, banking and cable TV. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and earned his B.B.A from Hofstra University New York.


Stephen Culver, Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Stephen Culver is vice president and chief information officer and is responsible for overseeing the company’s IT operations and strategic development. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble in 2005, Stephen held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. He owned and presided over an IT consulting company, which specialized in the retail and wholesale industries. As CIO of Giorgio Armani Corporation, he lead the IT operations during the development and expansion of their North American operations.