Matthew Furman is joining Best Buyas senior vice president, Communications and Public Affairs. Mr. Furman will report to company CEO (interim) Mike Mikan, effective June 22, 2012. In this role, Furman, age 41, will oversee Best Buy’s employee communications, public relations, executive communications, government affairs, corporate responsibility and community relations.
Before joining Best Buy, Furman was the vice president of Corporate Affairs for Mars Chocolate and a member of its management team. He is the former head of corporate communications for Google and was ChoicePoint’s vice president of brand and corporate communications. Furman previously held communications positions in the administrations of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and President Bill Clinton. For a brief time, he acted as an advisor to the Governor of Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and, was the senior vice president of public relations for the CNN News Group, managing communications for the company’s worldwide networks.
Furman has his juris doctor from the American University School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is admitted to practice law in several jurisdictions, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.