Mukherjee resigns as CEO of BuySeasons effective Tuesday

By Katherine Michalets- Special to The Freeman

April 22, 2014

NEW BERLIN  - BuySeasons, Inc. announced Tuesday that CEO Dev Mukherjee has resigned after about 15 months in the position. His resignation was effective Tuesday.

BuySeasons Public Relations Manager Holly Botsford said in an email that Mukherjee is “departing on amicable terms.” The company also announced that Rick Barton has been appointed CEO and will assume that role starting Monday. He was most recently president and CEO of Leisure Arts, according to the announcement.

“We are thrilled to have Rick lead BuySeasons. We have known Rick for many years since he served as CEO of Leisure Arts, a former Liberty subsidiary,” said Greg Maffei, Liberty Interactive president and CEO, in a statement. “We want to thank Dev for his vision and commitment during a period of change for the company.”

Last May, BuySeasons, a subsidiary of Liberty Interactive, laid off about 90 employees “to better position the company to respond to current demand and growth in our year-round party and costume businesses," Botsford said at the time.

Mukherjee was named CEO of BuySeasons on Jan. 24, 2013. Prior to joining the company, he was senior vice president and president of Sears Holdings’ Home Appliances business for stores and online. He replaced Dan Haight, who left the in February 2013.

BuySeasons is an online specialty retailer in personalized party supplies and costumes and had seen considerable growth in recent years. In August 2011, the company added a 110,000-square-foot expansion and was expected to add 20 to 30 full-time jobs. BuySeasons also generally employs more than 1,000 seasonal employees.

Haight joined BuySeasons in March 2004 as chief operating officer and was appointed president and CEO in 2010, according to the company’s website.

In October 2013, Liberty Interactive Corp. said it was spinning off BuySeasons Inc. and its stake in TripAdvisor into a new publicly traded company. BuySeasons was founded in 1999 by Jalem Getz. It was sold to Liberty Interactive in 2006.