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Best Buy Digital Chief Seeks Better Prospects At Software Firm

As it pursues a turnaround, Best Buy Co., Inc. has announced that Stephen Gillett, executive vp and president, Best Buy Digital, is leaving the company for a leading technology company where he currently serves on the board of directors. Software producer Symantec Corp. has announced that it appointed Gillett executive vp and chief operating officer reporting to Steve Bennett, the company’s chairman and CEO.

At Best Buy, Gillett’s responsibilities have been re-assigned to senior executives across the company, including chief administrative and chief financial officer, Sharon McCollam, its president of online and global e-commerce, Scott Durchslag and Shawn Score, senior vp/U.S. retail, the retailer stated.

“We have recently strengthened our management team by recruiting Sharon and Scott and promoting Shawn, all of whom have deep experience in the added functional areas they will now assume,” said Best Buy president and CEO Hubert Joly. “Sharon, of course, was the chief operating officer of Williams-Sonoma, a company well known for its world-class multi-channel operations. Scott, who now reports directly to me, has been the president or chief operating officer of three extremely well known tech companies, Expedia, Skype and Motorola. And Shawn has more than 25 years of deep retail experience, including having led the highly successful Best Buy Mobile unit. They and our entire executive team are excited to continue on our journey to reinvigorate and transform Best Buy as a leading multi-channel specialty retailer,” he added.

In his career, Gillett has been an executive at Starbucks, Corbis, Yahoo and CNET, Symantec noted.

“Stephen is the perfect fit for the direction we are taking Symantec,” said Steve Bennett, Symantec chairman and CEO. “He has been deeply involved in the transformation of a number of high profile companies at the executive level and is highly respected in the CIO community worldwide. Stephen’s appointment will ensure that Symantec is well-positioned for addressing our consumer and business customers’ needs. He will have an immediate impact due to his familiarity with the company from his tenure on the board. His arrival is timely as we continue to finalize our strategic direction and operational plan to be announced in late January.”