People: Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N)
18 Dec 2014
Mr. David W. Kenny has been appointed as Independent Director of Best Buy Co., Inc., effective September 27, 2013. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company, a leading provider of weather forecasts and information (2012-present); President of Akamai, a leading cloud platform technology company (2011-2012); Managing Partner of VivaKi, a provider of integrated strategy, technology and marketing solutions for internet-based ecommerce companies (2006-2010); Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Digitas, Inc., which was later merged with VivaKi (1997-2006). Mr. Kenny has an impressive track record of transforming companies, a valuable asset for Best Buy’s business imperatives. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company, which includes The Weather Channel and weather.com, Mr. Kenny has helped turn that organization into a media heavyweight that produces television programming, develops apps, publishes content and uses analytics to connect businesses to consumers through weather and climate-related content. Mr. Kenny uses those consumer centric and strategic skills to support Best Buy’s transformation efforts, including its goal of capturing online share and serving customers based on how, where, and when they want to be served. Mr. Kenny’s online leadership dates to 1997, when he founded Digitas, Inc., a provider of technology and marketing solutions for e-commerce and multi-channel companies. He has also served on the board of directors of The Corporate Executive Board, Akamai Technologies and Yahoo, where he played an essential role in that company’s transformation with the hiring of its current chief executive officer. Mr. Kenny holds degrees from the GM Institute (now Kettering University) and Harvard University.
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