Michael P. Huseby named chief of Barnes & Noble

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NEW YORK — Barnes & Noble appointed one of its top executives on Wednesday to fill the post of chief executive, a job that has been vacant since William Lynch abruptly resigned from the company last July.

Michael P. Huseby, the president of Barnes & Noble and chief executive of its digital division, Nook Media, will become the chief executive effective immediately, a statement from Barnes & Noble said.

Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest bookstore chain, has struggled to find its footing in recent years. It has invested heavily in its digital division in the hopes of competing with Amazon, building a line of e-readers and tablets and devoting significant floor space in its stores to their sales.

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