Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Stephen Gillett was named Symantec’s chief operating officer in December 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the corporate strategy, as well as business segment management, including consumer, enterprise, commercial, public sector and government. He also oversees IT, sales and marketing operations including the strategic direction for sales and marketing. In addition, his responsibilities include customer care, product renewals and cloud platform engineering.
Prior to joining Symantec, Gillett was Best Buy’s executive vice president and president, Best Buy Digital, Global Marketing and Strategy. He was tasked with accelerating the transformation and growth agenda of Best Buy through the advancement of key global business units and core business capabilities.
Prior to joining Best Buy, Gillett was executive vice president, Digital Ventures, and chief information officer at Starbucks. A key member of Starbucks’ transformation team, Gillett designed and led the company’s efforts to enhance the overall global business operations and improve the customer experience through the use of innovative technology and digital experiences worldwide.
Gillett is highly regarded for his creativity, innovation and commitment to developing unparallel customer experiences. In 2011, while at Starbucks, Gillett was named to Fortune’s “Executive Dream Team.” That same year, he was named Information Week’s “Chief of the Year” and to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list. In 2012, Gillett was the recipient of the 2012 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship. After joining Best Buy in 2012, in a study commissioned by Forbes, Gillett was ranked one of the top five most influential Chief Marketing Officers.
Earlier in his career, Gillett was chief information officer for Corbis, a digital media company owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. In that role, Gillett was responsible for global technology, engineering and leading platform efforts for Corbis’ e-commerce and multimedia licensing business. Prior to Corbis, Gillett spent nearly a decade in Silicon Valley, holding senior technology positions with Yahoo! and CNET Networks.
Gillett holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon and an MBA from San Francisco State University. Download images