MINNEAPOLIS -May 24, 2012 - Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) today announced that Matthew Furman is joining the company as senior vice president, Communications and Public Affairs. 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.
"Matt is an extraordinary communications executive with a unique set of credentials and experience. His decision to join the Best Buy team shows that highly talented individuals who take a good look at our company are attracted by our determination to succeed and openness to fresh ideas," said Mikan. "In this critical leadership position, Matt will ensure that Best Buy's story - where it's been, where it intends to go and how it's going to get there - is told with consistency, clarity and passion, and that it is heard by our many audiences, both within the company and outside it."
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.
"It's time to change the story about Best Buy. Time to help employees, shareholders, partners and customers understand that this company's leadership knows what needs to be done to come out of this turnaround well equipped to win in the evolving marketplace," said Furman. "I'm ready to get to work with Mike and the rest of the leadership team to do just that."
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.
About Best Buy Co., Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) is a leading multi-channel global retailer and developer of technology products and services. Every day our employees - 167,000 strong - are committed to helping deliver the technology solutions that enable easy access to people, knowledge, ideas and fun. We are keenly aware of our role and impact on the world, and we are committed to developing and implementing business strategies that bring sustainable technology solutions to our consumers and communities. For additional information about Best Buy, visit www.bby.com.
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