Best Buy Hires Starbucks EVP To Head Digital And Global Services

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[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Best Buy has named Stephen Gillett as executive vice president and president, Best Buy Digital and Global Business Services, reporting to company CEO Brian J. Dunn, effective March 14, 2012.

Prior to joining Best Buy, Mr. Gillett, age 36, was executive vice president, Digital Ventures, and chief information officer at Starbucks. In 2011, while at Starbucks, Gillett was named to Fortune’s “Executive Dream Team” as one of only two CIOs among the 25 executives recognized. That same year, he was named Information Week’s “Chief of the Year” and to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list. He also was the recipient of the 2010 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship.

Before joining Starbucks, Mr. Gillett was chief information officer for Corbis, a prvate digital media company owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Prior to Corbis, Mr. Gillett spent nearly a decade in Silicon Valley, holding senior technology positions with Yahoo and CNET Networks.

Mr. Gillett holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon and an MBA from San Francisco State University. He joined the board of directors for Symantec  at the beginning of 2012.

And oh,  Mr. Gillett is a Guild Master in World of Warcraft.