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Best Buy names new digital chief

Posted by: under Best Buy, Retail Updated: March 9, 2012 - 10:38 AM

By my count, Best Buy Co. Inc. has lost one big geek this week but gained another.

Days after Geek Squad founder and chief technology officer Robert Stephens left the company, Best Buy has named Stephen Gillett to the new created position president of Best Buy Digital and Global Business Services.

Gillett, 36, is a bona fide geek in his own right. He was previously chief information officer for Starbucks, where he also ran Digital Ventures, the company's technology business group.

Best Buy must really like this guy. As an executive vice president, the relatively young Gillett joins Best Buy's senior management team and will report directly to CEO Brian Dunn.

According to the press release,  Gillett is tasked with "accelerating the transformation and growth of Best Buy through the advancement of the company's global digital strategy, digital marketing, entertainment offerings, multi-channel capabilities, and business development."

Is that all?

He starts March 14.

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