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Barnes & Noble names head of stores


A former Advance Auto and Starbucks executive has joined the executive team of the nation's largest bookstore chain.

Barnes & Noble said that Carl Hauch has been named VP stores, effective immediately. Hauch will be responsible for the entire retail store organization and profitable growth of the business, driving sales, training, developing talent and recruitment.

Hauch joins Barnes & Noble from CityMD where he served as COO, responsible for all aspects of both front-of-house and back-of-house operations for one of the fastest- growing urgent care companies in the U.S. Prior to CityMD, he served as senior VP of national operations and customer experience at Advance Auto Parks, where he was the head of store operations, asset protection and field human resources.

Hauch started his career at Starbucks Coffee Company in 1994, where he worked for 14 years. He worked his way up through the ranks, eventually serving as CEO, managing director of Starbucks Switzerland and Austria.

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