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New CEO at barnesandnoble.com

Barnes & Noble Inc. named a leading Bertelsmann AG Internet executive as chief executive officer of barnesandnoble.com, which is a joint venture between the bookseller and the German media group.

Jonathan Bulkeley was previously managing director of AOL U.K., the British operation of the AOL Bertelsmann joint venture in Europe.

Bulkeley replaces Stephen Riggio, who will resume his full-time duties as vice chairman of Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble and Bertelsmann each own 50 percent of barnesandnoble.com.

Barnes and Noble said AOL during Bulkeley's tenure became the UK's leading Internet online service, gaining more than half a million members. Prior to that, Bulkeley held other marketing, sales and e-commerce jobs with AOL dating back to 1993, when he served as general manager of U.S. media. Riggio will continue to be involved in the strategic direction of barnesandnoble.com, especially in connection with Barnes & Noble's retail business and future acquisitions.