Best Buy Europe, the partnership between the US electricals retailer and UK telecoms firm Carphone Warehouse, has today announced a change of leadership.
Scott Wheway has stepped down as CEO and will be replaced by Andrew Harrison, who will assume the position of President and CEO of the joint venture with immediate effect.
Harrison was appointed Chief Operating Officer last summer, having previously been at Carphone Warehouse for 15 years.
Wheway, having guided Best Buy through the early stages of its move to Europe last year, will continue to provide strategy and policy advice to Brian Dunn, Best Buy’s CEO and chair of the European venture.
Commenting on the changes, 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.”
Best Buy UK has already confirmed five new sites that will open in 2011, in Hayes, Rotherham, Enfield, Cribbs Causeway and Nottingham, adding to the six outlets that opened across the country last year.
Last month the retailer’s European operation reported a two per cent rise in sales for the three months to November 28th, although Dunn admitted at the time that group trading was lower than expected.