Past Experience

Demos is an accomplished C-level executive with extensive experience at Fortune 500 companies including Barnes & Noble, Staples, and Macy’s.


Barnes & Noble

Demos was recruited to Barnes & Noble (2016-2018), to reinvent and rebuild a troubled business. As CEO, he quickly developed and implemented a strategic turnaround plan to address declining sales, profits and market share at the Fortune 500 bookseller with more than 600 retail stores. Demos revamped the management team, adding 15 high performing executives to key positions, improved collaboration, and cross-functional teamwork to support overall business simplification and efficiency. His decisive actions and clear leadership stabilized the financial health of the company and returned it back to growth. These actions helped lead to the eventual sale of the company.

President, North American Stores & Online


Demos was President, North American Stores & Online at Staples, the office products retailer where he was progressively promoted over 28 years. As leader of this business (2012-2016), Demos led the retail and e-commerce reinvention plan that included developing flexible, higher-profit store formats, creating new services through internal innovation, launching new categories, and investing in marketing, merchandising and customer service programs. He was responsible for $11B in sales, 1,800 stores, and 55,000 employees. Earlier, Demos was President, US Stores (2002–2007) and President, US Retail (2007–2012), responsible for national store operations, merchandising, marketing, distribution, and real estate. He was General Manager of the chain’s first New York City store in 1987.

Group Manager


Demos started his career in the executive training program at Macy’s New York. He spent 4 years with the company, progressing through various positions including Sales Manager to Assistant Buyer to Group Manager.