Demos Parneros is a C-suite executive recognized for consistently driving growth and improving profitability while fostering a strong and caring customer and associate culture.
Prior to building CityPark Investments, Demos served as the CEO of Barnes & Noble, where he developed and led a strategic turnaround plan, including the development of a new store format, improved collaboration with vendor partners, the addition of key capabilities to the leadership team, and strengthening the omni-channel experience.
Demos previously served as President for a $10B omni-channel market enterprise. As a member of the Staples Executive Committee, he led development on all enterprise short term and 3 to 5-year strategic plans, as well as retail/e-commerce transformation plan to include: building flexible, higher profit store formats; creating new services through internal innovation and acquisitions; launching new categories, and investing in novel marketing, merchandising, and customer service programs.
Demos is also an active investor and advisor at several other Venture Capital funds:
● Brightside Venture Partners: Demos Parneros is a Founding and Managing Partner at Brightside Venture Fund, which provides capital and advisory services to revenue stage companies all over the world.
● XRC Labs: Demos Parneros is a Partner at XRC Labs, an accelerator and fund driving innovation in retail technology and consumer goods
● SuperAngel.Fund: Demos Parneros is an investor at SuperAngel.Fund, an early stage fund investing in consumer goods, PropTech & future of work.