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Hubert Joly, CEO of Best Buy
|Born||1959 (age 53–54)
|Residence||Richfield, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Occupation||CEO — Best Buy|
Hubert Joly, born and raised in France, is the CEO of Best Buy. He was the former president, CEO and a former director of Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.
Joly graduated from the HEC Paris with a degree in business administration, and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris with a degree in public administration. Joly was a consultant, specializing in the high-tech sector, and then a partner with McKinsey & Company from 1982 to 1996, working in the firm’s San Francisco, New York and Paris offices. He left McKinsey in 1996 to become vice-president of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Europe and president of EDS France (EDS is now part of HP). At the 1997 World Economic Forum in Davos, he was elected a Global Leader for Tomorrow.
He worked for EDS until 1999 when he became CEO of Vivendi Universal Games, headquartered in Los Angeles, and then part of the leadership team of its parent company, Vivendi Universal, where he served as executive vice president with responsibility for overseeing the company's American assets.
Joly left Vivendi in 2004 to become president and chief executive officer of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). Under his leadership, CWT grew its annual sales from USD 8.9 billion in 2003 to USD 25.5 billion in 2007. Joly’s appointment as president and chief executive officer of Carlson was made in January 2008, as a replacement for Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and he took the positions in March 2008. As CEO of Carlson, he has crafted and led the implementation of Ambition 2015, a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the company’s leadership position across its businesses, including its restaurant division with more than 900 T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants, and its hotel division with more than 1,000 hotels around the world. The strategies that make up Ambition 2015 have included the repositioning of the company’s core brands; significant changes at the front line to “operationalize” the brand promises and upgrade the guest experience; major investments and initiatives to boost revenue generation focused on the web, the company’s loyalty programs, global sales and working with the trade; as well as the global expansion of the company in key emerging countries.
In addition to his current position as Best Buy’s president and CEO, he serves on the board of directors for Best Buy and Ralph Lauren. Joly also serves on the board of overseers of the Carlson School of Management, the board of trustees of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the executive committee of the Minnesota Business Partnership.
He formerly served as a member of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, established in 2003 to advise the United States Department of Commerce, as well as the executive committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council. He was honored as one of the 25 Most Influential Executives of the Business Travel Industry (2006 and 2009) by Business Travel News magazine.
Joly has also made public speeches, including his appearance at the Minnesota Student Association's 3rd Annual Leadership reception on February 9, 2013.
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