Minneapolis, MN—Best Buy Co., Inc., announced that Cindy Kent, a seasoned health care executive, has been appointed to its board of directors. Kent’s appointment is effective immediately.
Kent most recently served as president and general manager of the Infection Prevention Division at 3M Co. The global science company manufactures and markets products and services across various industries.
Moreover, she has more than 25 years’ experience across a variety of roles and segments of the health care industry. Prior to joining 3M in 2013, Kent worked at medical device maker Medtronic Inc. as well as pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co.
“We are delighted to welcome Cindy to the board,” said Hubert Joly, Best Buy chairman and CEO. “As part of our Best Buy 2020: Building the New Blue strategy, we are committed to enriching people’s lives through technology by addressing key human needs. This includes health and wellness. Cindy’s expertise in this area will be invaluable as we build on our existing efforts to grow a strong health and wellness business.”
“I have genuine respect for what Best Buy has accomplished in recent years. I am excited to contribute to its overall customer-focused strategy. Particularly its emphasis on the health and wellness of its customers,” Kent said. “I am honored to be able to lend my passion as well as experience in health care to the company. I look forward to participating as it pursues this next phase of its growth.”
Kent, 49, earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Northwestern University. She also holds an MBA and a master of divinity from Vanderbilt University.