Best Buy reconfigures leadership team

The Twin Cities-based retailer has had two executives sharing the presidency. Now Mike Vitelli will oversee U.S. operations, while Shari Ballard will lead Best Buy International.
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The Twin Cities-based retailer has had two executives sharing the presidency. Now Mike Vitelli will oversee U.S. operations, while Shari Ballard will lead Best Buy International.

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