Symantec Names Best Buy Vet Gillett EVP and COO

By Craig Galbraith Comments

Security and storage company Symantec has named Stephen Gillett to the post of executive vice president and chief operating officer. The appointment takes effect on Friday.

Gillett is the former executive VP and president of Best Buy Digital, Global Marketing and Strategy. He has been a member of Symantec's board since January but will step down, effective immediately. Gillett's initial responsibilities in his new role include marketing, communications, and the IT function. Additional responsibilities will be added when Symantec unveils a new strategy next month.

At Best Buy, Gillett was responsible for the company's digital, e-commerce, marketing, information technology, customer insights, enterprise strategy, corporate development, new business ventures, enterprise customer care, and channel design. Before joining the big-box retailer, he was chief information officer and executive vice president, Digital Ventures at Starbucks. He's also worked as an executive at Corbis, Yahoo and CNET.

"Stephen is the perfect fit for the direction we are taking Symantec," said Steve Bennett, Symantec chairman and CEO. "He has been deeply involved in the transformation of a number of high profile companies at the executive level and is highly respected in the CIO community worldwide. Stephen's appointment will ensure that Symantec is well-positioned for addressing our consumer and business customers' needs. He will have an immediate impact due to his familiarity with the company from his tenure on the board. His arrival is timely as we continue to finalize our strategic direction and operational plan to be announced in late January."

"Great companies are defined by their market position, customer base, brand awareness, the quality of their products and by the type of industry they're involved in," said Gillett. "Symantec is strong in all of these areas. I look forward to working with everyone at Symantec to help the company achieve its full potential."

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