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Harrison appointed Best Buy COO

July 8, 2010

Best Buy Europe has appointed Carphone Warehouse boss Andrew Harrison as its chief operating officer.

Harrison, who will report to CEO Scott Wheway, will continue to lead Carphone and The Phone House retail operation across nine European countries. He will assume additional responsibility for driving Best Buy Europe’s “Connected World” strategy and customer proposition across all Best Buy Europe brands.

Wheway said: “Andrew has been instrumental in driving The Carphone Warehouse over the last 15 years and is a leading authority in connectivity technology. He has consistently proven himself ahead of the curve in anticipating the needs of technology hungry customers and shaping the resulting retail propositions.

“The organisational change ensures that the talent we have across the business is aligned to deliver a common approach across our multiple brands.”

Harrison said: “The internet is evolving at a blistering pace and what really excites me is that we have only experienced a fraction of the connectivity products and services that have yet to come. We have a fantastic opportunity at Best Buy Europe to bring all the riches and colour this “Connected World” has to offer customers backed with the promise of outstanding service across a bigger stage than ever before.”

Best Buy branded operations chief executive Paul Antoniadis has however left the business to continue with his passion for international start ups and new business ventures.

Wheway said: “We are grateful to Paul for his outstanding contributions not only to Best Buy Europe but also the Best Buy business, particularly in China and Mexico, and we wish him every success in the future.”

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