Best Buy Europe COO Andrew Harrison has been promoted to CEO of the Best Buy Europe joint venture.
He will take on the role today (1 February), reporting to the joint venture board. Meanwhile, Carphone CCO Graham Stapleton has taken on the role of CCO of the joint venture as part of a strategy to integrate the two brands.
Scott Wheway, the current CEO of the joint venture, will continue to provide strategy and policy advice to Best Buy Europe’s shareholder, Best Buy Co. Inc. ('Best Buy').
Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn said: 'Andrew has a clear vision of the connected world. He has consistently proven himself ahead of the curve in anticipating the needs of consumers and shaping differentiating retail experiences. This move has been planned for some time and is part of our overall strategy of integrating the Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse teams to create Europe’s leading consumer electronics retailer. I am confident in Andrew’s ability to lead the joint venture’s growth plans in Europe, which remain unchanged.'
Wheway will serve as a strategic advisor to Best Buy’s chief executive officer Brian J. Dunn. 'I am pleased that Scott will continue to work with us on shaping our international strategy. And, I want to thank him for his contributions in guiding us through the foundation stage of Best Buy’s entry into the European market and giving us a clear strategy for progress within Europe,' said Dunn.
Wheway said: 'I am delighted to be handing over the reins of the JV [joint venture] to Andrew. We’ve formed a strong team and working partnership over the last two years, which has successfully launched our Best Buy store format in the UK and evolved our “Connected World” strategy across our multiple brands. Andrew was instrumental in driving The Carphone Warehouse over the last 15 years and became COO in July last year. His new appointment ensures continuity as we continue to deliver our vision of a “Connected World”.'