Best Buy has hired a tech executive from Starbucks to lead its digital and global business services, the Minnesota-based retailer said today.
Stephen Gillett, 36, had previously been the chief information officer at Starbucks' technology business group, Best Buy said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Gillett will be responsible for "accelerating the transformation and growth of Best Buy" by expanding its digital business worldwide, the consumer electronics retailer said. He'll hold the title of executive vice president, as well as president of Best Buy Digital and Global Business Services.
Previously, Gillett has been chief information officer at Corbis, senior director engineering at Yahoo, and held positions at CNET Networks and Sun Microsystems.
In its official announcement, Best Buy said that Gillett's position is a newly created one. The company also included a detail you don't typically see in corporate news releases:
"Gillett, an avid gamer, is widely considered one of the most innovative Guild Masters in World of Warcraft, the massive multiplayer online role-playing game where millions of gamers enter a virtual world creating guilds, engaging socially, questing and celebrating achievements."
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