Executive Vice President Stephen Gillett was named Symantec’s Chief Operating Officer in December 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the corporate strategy, business segment management (consumer, small business, enterprise, and commercial), eBusiness, IT, marketing, communications, sales and marketing operations, customer care, product renewals and cloud platform engineering.
Prior to joining Symantec, Gillett was Executive Vice President of Best Buy and President of Best Buy Digital, Global Marketing and Strategy and was responsible for a broad range of marketing and technology functions including e-commerce, mobility, customer insights, enterprise strategy, and corporate development. He was tasked with accelerating the transformation and growth agenda of Best Buy through the advancement of key global business units and core business capabilities. Prior to joining Best Buy, Gillett was executive vice president of Digital Ventures and chief information officer at Starbucks. A key member of Starbucks’ transformation team, Gillett designed and led the company’s efforts to enhance the overall global business operations and improve the customer experience using innovative technology and digital experiences worldwide.
Gillett is highly regarded for his creativity, innovation and commitment to developing unparalleled customer experiences. In 2011, while at Starbucks, Gillett was named Executive Dream Team by Fortune Magazine. That same year, he was named Chief of the Year by InformationWeek and was included on the 40 under 40 list by CNNFortune Magazine. In 2012, Gillett was the recipient of the 2012 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship. After joining Best Buy in 2012, in a study commissioned by Forbes, Gillett was ranked one of the top five most influential Chief Marketing Officers. Earlier in his career, Gillett was Chief Information Officer for Corbis, a digital media company owned by Microsoft Founder Bill Gates. In that role, Gillett was responsible for global technology, engineering and leading platform efforts for Corbis’ e-commerce and multimedia licensing business. Prior to Corbis, Gillett spent nearly a decade in Silicon Valley, holding senior technology positions with Yahoo! and CNET Networks. Gillett holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
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