As Vice President, Emerging Channels at Best Buy Co., Inc., a global retailer of technology and entertainment products and services, Michele Azar currently leads emergent growth platforms: Open API, Community, and Mobile Web. Throughout her 11 year career at Best Buy, she has held P&L responsibility for Computer Peripherals and Hardware business units and played key leadership roles in 3 large scale transformations. In 2007, Azar moved to the web division to lead Enterprise 2.0 Strategy and rollout of new growth opportunities beyond existing channels. Azar keynotes across the globe on how Best Buy empowers employees to innovate, serve customers, and capture new growth. Company as Wiki: Modern Times to Open Times talk features true stories of what happens when the Net Generation goes to work at Best Buy. Google Zeigeist ultimately invited the CEO of Best Buy, Brad Anderson to share the Open Times talk during the "Power Shift" section of the Zeigeist venue. In addition to leading the visioning of how to harness the collective intelligence of internal employees, Azar launched Best Buy REMIX, Best Buy's Open API that enables Best Buy to open up data to the external developer communities around the globe.
In 2003 Azar led the development of the small business segment from lab concept to nationwide scale of professional product solutions and service offerings including Geek Squad for small businesses. Earlier in her career, Azar held P&L responsibility for businesses at Target Corp-Dept Store Div. and The Gap, Inc.
In June 2006, Azar earned a MBA degree in the Executive MBA Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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