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Columbia University, Business School, MBA
University of Texas at Austin

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VP and General Manager, eCommerce

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William Lynch

William J. Lynch, Jr. became Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc., in March 2010, and was appointed to the B&N Board of Directors in the fall of 2011. He was previously President of Barnes &, responsible for the company’s eCommerce operations.

Mr. Lynch joined Barnes & Noble from HSNi, where he was Executive Vice President of Marketing and General Manager of From 2004 to 2008, he was Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of, a wholly owned subsidiary of IAC.

From 2000-2004, Mr. Lynch was Vice President and General Manager, eCommerce, for Palm Inc., where he oversaw Palm’s Web properties, including:, the Palm Online Store, the Palm Software Connection and the Palm.Net wireless ISP. His earlier career included brand management positions at Seagram Universal and Guinness.

Mr. Lynch graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics and received his MBA from the Columbia School of Business.

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