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Best Buy Appoints New Execs

BY CSA STAFF

Minneapolis Best Buy has named new leaders for its home technology, digital business and international strategy, the company said Wednesday.

Best Buy appointed Michael Vitelli to executive VP of its customer-operating groups. Vitelli will lead Best Buy’s PC mobility, home solutions and entertainment-operating groups and will oversee its enterprise merchandising and its private-label business.

David Morrish was appointed to a newly created position of executive VP of connected digital solutions. Morrish will develop a business strategy for new connectivity technologies.

David Berg, was promoted to executive VP of international strategy and corporate development, and will oversee mergers and acquisition activities.

In addition, Barry Judge was appointed chief marketing officer.

The appointments are effective March 2.

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Office Depot CFO to Step Down

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Delray Beach, Fla. Office Depot announced on Tuesday that Patricia McKay, executive VP and CFO, has resigned effective March 1. Charles Brown, Office Depot’s president, international, will serve as acting CFO following McKay’s departure, the company reported.

Brown was Office Depot’s executive VP and CFO from 2001 to 2005. Office Depot said it plans to begin its search for a permanent CFO immediately and will announce a successor when this process is completed.

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Starbucks Names Store Design Exec

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Seattle Starbucks announced Tuesday that it has retained a former company executive to oversee its store-design efforts.

Arthur Rubinfeld, 54, will serve as head of global development. He is the second manager hired back since Howard Schultz returned to the role of CEO.

Rubinfeld was executive VP for store development at the coffee chain from 1992 to 2001. Schultz is reining in the company’s expansion after ousting James Donald as CEO last month. Schultz hired another former executive, Harry Roberts, as chief creative officer last month.

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