Best Buy Founder/Chairman Resigns 1 Year Early
June 8, 2012 6:20 PM
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He is also looking at possible options for his 20.1 percent stake in Best Buy
chairman and founder has resigned one year ahead of schedule
as the brick-and-mortar electronics store struggles to keep its head above water.
Richard Schulze, 71, chairman and founder of Best Buy, resigned from his position yesterday and it is effective immediately. He was originally scheduled to resign in June 2013, but has decided to leave ahead of time.
“There is an urgent need for Best Buy to reinvigorate growth by reconnecting with today’s customers and building pathways to the next generation of consumers,” said Schulze. “Accordingly, I have shared my views with the board and today informed them of my decision to resign as Chairman and a director, effective immediately, in order to explore all available options for my ownership stake.”
At Best Buy’s annual meeting last month, the new succession plan was laid out for June 2013. It was announced that Schulze would be replaced by Hatim Tyabji as chairman, but the transition wasn’t supposed to take place until June 2013. It is unclear why Schulze resigned early.
Schulze’s resignation comes amidst an investigation into Best Buy’s former CEO Brian Dunn, who has been accused of
misusing company funds
while conducting a relationship with a female subordinate. Dunn resigned from CEO in April.
To make matters worse, Best Buy recently posted a $1.7 billion quarterly loss. Also, in late March, Best Buy said it would close 50 of its 1,100 retail stores in order to save $800 million.
Schulze will be looking into other options for his 20.1 percent stake in Best Buy.
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RE: How Can BB Compete with Amazon...
6/10/2012 3:09:51 AM
I disagree with you. Yes, some people do go into BB or Fry's to look at stuff and buy it off the net, but many people also go into the store to buy goods. It's so much better to be able to buy something and if there is a problem with it, have a place to return it to.
Money can be made from brick and mortar stores. Best Buys just needs to find a way to get people to buy from them, either from their store or through their online store.
I blame the current situation of BB on poor management decisions.
RE: How Can BB Compete with Amazon...
6/10/2012 4:49:18 PM
@Abzillah, you bring up a good point. Bestbuy is missing a large advantage they have over the Online Companies. I purchased a 55" Sony LCD that developed a blue colored hue in one corner of the screen. I called Bestbuy and explained the situation to them. They dispatched a team of technicians and replaced the screen. They did caution me to buy Samsung next time as their customer service is much more friendly. Had I bought online, I would have been on my own. Capturing that in a commercial would be a great way for BB to market themselves. Especially to non-tech savvy Baby-boomers. I find the Warranty push equally annoying, but that is part-in-parcel of shopping in a 'big-box' store. They could easily turn their fortunes around if they could focus on customer service!
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