Best Buy suffering with no succession plan

Confronted with an extraordinary situation, the board of Twin Cities-based Best Buy did what good corporate governance practices required. It fired the chief executive. As a result, the company is in a mess, the New York Times reports.
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Confronted with an extraordinary situation, the board of Twin Cities-based Best Buy did what good corporate governance practices required. It fired the chief executive. As a result, the company is in a mess, the New York Times reports.

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