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Best Buy founder steps down as chairman, report says he knew about CEO's relationship

Best Buy founder and Minnesota native Richard Schulze has announced he is stepping down as chairman after the release of an investigation into the conduct of former CEO Brian Dunn. The investigation showed that Schulze knew about about Dunn's close personal relationship with a female employee and failed to report it to the board.
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Best Buy founder and Minnesota native Richard Schulze has announced he is stepping down as chairman after the release of an investigation into the conduct of former CEO Brian Dunn. The investigation showed that Schulze knew about about Dunn's close personal relationship with a female employee and failed to report it to the board.

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Best Buy chairman resigns early, may sell stake

Founder Richard Schulze is stepping down from the board of directors sooner than planned in order to explore options for his 20.1 percent ownership stake. Last month, Schulze announced he would resign on June 21 at the company's annual meeting. An investigation found he knew that former CEO Brian Dunn was having an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. Schulze, the founder and outgoing chairman, has been with the Richfield-based electronics giant since its debut in 1966 and is the company's largest shareholder.

Best Buy founder likely to wield significant influence

Even though Richard Schulze is stepping down, he remains the retail giant's dominant shareholder controlling more than 20 percent of Best Buy stock, according to the Star Tribune. Schulze announced he's resigning as chairman and board director from the Minnesota-based company after an internal investigation found he didn't disclose former CEO Brian Dunn's inappropriate relationship with an employee.

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Best Buy's new top executive, Hubert Joly, tells the Star Tribune that he's "not a big fan of shrinking the company." He wants the Richfield-based electronics giant to maximize sales with its existing stores. One analyst was also a bit puzzled by Joly's comments about "showrooming." "I don't think he's right. I think there's plenty of evidence of people doing that," said Laura Kennedy.

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David Einhorn, who leads New York-based Greenlight Capital Inc., has sold off his firm's 7.7 million shares, or 2.27 percent stake, in the Richfield-based electronics retailer. The Star Tribune reports Greenlight's losses could approach $100 million. Analysts tell the newspaper Einhorn's decision to exit could help former Best Buy chairman and founder Richard Schulze, who is exploring options for his 20 percent stake in the company, including an effort to take the company private.

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Best Buy Co. founder Richard Schulze, who stepped down as chairman this year, has offered to take the electronics retailer private at $24 to $26 a share, Bloomberg reports. Credit Suisse Group AG, Schulze’s financial adviser, is confident it can obtain financing for an offer, according to a letter sent to the board Monday. “I have been actively exploring all available options for my ownership stake,” Schulze, 71, said in the letter. Best Buy shares surged as much as 34 percent in early trading.

Best Buy CEO resigned amid misconduct investigation

A spokeswoman for Best Buy says a committee was investigating Brian Dunn's personal conduct when the CEO chose to resign. She says the issues that led to the investigation were not related to Best Buy's operations or finances. The company described Dunn's departure as a "mutual agreement that it was time for new leadership."

Uncertain future for Best Buy's shaken shareholders

Best Buy is holding its annual shareholders meeting Thursday. The beleaguered Richfield-based electronics giant has had plenty of boardroom drama over the past three months, including the abrupt departure of company founder and largest shareholder Richard Schulze. After months of uncertainty, investors are eager to learn what's next for the world's largest consumer electronics retailer.

Best Buy selects CEO search committee

Four board members will lead the global search for a new chief executive officer at the Richfield-based electronics retailer. Brian Dunn resigned from the leadership position amid an investigation into his personal conduct. Interim CEO Mike Mikan is considered a candidate to permanently replace Dunn. Best Buy expects the search process to take six to nine months.