Best Buy's new online leader touts plan to overhaul e-commerce business

Scott Durchslag is officially in charge of overseeing Best Buy's online and mobile business. Last week, he was hired as the senior vice president and president Online and Global e-Commerce at the Richfield-based company. The former Expedia executive tells Business Insider that BestBuy.com has to keep up with competitors, operate as seamlessly as possible and add layers of innovation in social realms.
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Scott Durchslag is officially in charge of overseeing Best Buy's online and mobile business. Last week, he was hired as the senior vice president and president Online and Global e-Commerce at the Richfield-based company. The former Expedia executive tells Business Insider that BestBuy.com has to keep up with competitors, operate as seamlessly as possible and add layers of innovation in social realms.

Durchslag joins the consumer electronics giant as newly hired CEO Hubert Joly tries to turnaround the struggling retailer and as company founder Richard Schulze looks to take the chain private.

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