Barnes & Noble Inc (BN) hired a former Cablevision Systems Corp executive with experience in spinning off businesses to be its new finance chief.

The largest U.S. bookstore chain said on Monday that Michael Huseby would start his new job as Chief Financial Officer on Tuesday, replacing interim CFO Allen Lindstrom, who had been holding the fort for six months.

Barnes & Noble, which said in January it might turn its Nook digital book and device business into a stand-alone business separate from its stores, touted Huseby's role in spinning off two businesses at Cablevision, where he was CFO from 2004 to 2011.

Earlier in his career, Huseby was CFO at cable operator Charter Communications Inc.