People: Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N)
7 Mar 2014
Mr. Gerard R. Vittecoq is Independent Director of Best Buy Co Inc. Mr. Vittecoq recently announced his intent to retire in May 2013 as a group president and executive office member of Caterpillar, Inc. (a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines), a position he held since 2004. He was responsible for the company's Energy and Power Systems Group, which includes its Industrial Power Systems & Growth Markets division, Large Power Systems and Growth Markets division, Marine and Petroleum Power division, Electrical Power division, Progress Rail division/EMD and solar division. He was also responsible for driving enterprise profit and loss accountability for Caterpillar's Europe-Africa-Middle East ("EAME") region. He joined Caterpillar in 1975 and has served in various accounting- and finance-related roles within the company. From 1987 to 1990, he was in charge of strategy projects and was appointed director of strategy and planning in 1990, where he served until 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he was managing director of Caterpillar France S.A. In 1997, he became managing director of Caterpillar Belgium S.A. He was elected a vice president in January 2001, overseeing the EAME Product Development & Operations division. In addition to his private directorships, he is also a member of the Evian Group: Free Trade Think Tank, the Senior Advisory Council of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and an executive member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
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