Electricals retailer Best Buy UK has confirmed the departure of its Marketing Director and Commercial Director in a statement issued today.
Kevin Styles has held the position of Marketing Director at the retail partnership between US-based Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse for almost two years, after previously working at home and DIY specialist Kingfisher for six years.
Commercial Director Harry Parmar transferred from Best Buy’s Canadian operations for which he worked for eight years, and has decided to return to the north American nation due to family reasons.
The departures come days after Scott Wheway stepped down as CEO of the company to be replaced by Andrew Harrison.
A statement from Best Buy UK said: “Over the last 18 months Kevin has been instrumental in setting up the Best Buy brand in the UK. We are sorry to see him go and wish him all the best for the future.
“Since Harry joined us from Best Buy Canada in March 2009, he has spearheaded our commercial strategy, ensuring that Best Buy UK successfully launched and established itself as a truly customer-centric company.
“We are sorry to see Harry go but are pleased to say that he is staying in the wider organisation to take up a senior commercial role in Best Buy Canada.”
Launched last year, the joint venture has seen six stores open in the UK to date but there had been concerns that its expansion was stalling when a planned outlet in Gateshead was cancelled at the end of last year.
Best Buy UK has recently set about dispelling these fears by announcing the creation of five new stores this year in Hayes, Rotherham, Enfield, Nottingham and Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.
Today’s statement added: “As we start 2011 and look forward to our plans to open an additional five Best Buy stores, we are seeking to further develop the multiple brands we operate within Best Buy Europe.
“In the coming months we will continue to organise our teams to fully support and deliver our ‘Connected World’ strategy for our customers.”