Gillett, who has ranked among the top guild masters in World of Warcraft, has credited his gaming skills with helping him to land a senior engineering position at Yahoo. After stints at Yahoo and CNET Networks, Gillett was CIO at Corbis, a digital media company owned by Bill Gates, before joining Starbucks in 2008.
Gillett earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon, where he played football with the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Division 1 conference. He received his MBA from San Francisco State University. [Also see: "Should tech pros get an MBA?")
News of Gillett joining Best Buy comes on the heels of a high-profile tech departure at the Minneapolis retailer. Earlier this week, Robert Stephens, founder of The Geek Squad and Best Buy's CTO, announced that he's leaving the company. CEO Dunn commented on Stephens' departure in a March 7 memo on the company's website:
"I knew it was only a matter of time before his curiosity and his desire to create something new would lead him to look outside the walls of Best Buy. And that time has come. As of today, Robert is stepping away from his full-time duties as our CTO, with plans to relocate to California. It pleases me to report, however, that while Robert will no longer be an employee of Best Buy, he'll continue to work for the enterprise on a handful of critical special projects."
Ann Bednarz covers IT careers, outsourcing and Internet culture for Network World. Follow Ann on Twitter at @annbednarz and check out her blog, Occupational Hazards. Her email address is email@example.com.
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