As President and Chief Operating Officer for Best Buy Canada, Ron guides the vision and strategic direction for the organization.
Following the commencement of his tenure in March 2013, Ron has overseen a strategic plan driving the company towards providing a seamless Total Retail experience for our customers’ connected worlds. Ron’s leadership has been instrumental in introducing an operating model that builds long-term relationships with customers, and provides excellent after-care support and service.
Recognized as a proven innovator and a decisive leader, Ron began his career in retail 23 years ago on the frontlines of an Edmonton Future Shop store. Having led numerous areas of the company including Merchandising, Operations, Marketing, and eCommerce, Ron harnesses an invaluable insight into strategic business operations.
Ron continues to lead the charge through introducing innovative ideas, including the company’s recent growth into expanded product assortment online, reserve and pick-up in store program, and optimizing the company’s delivery and fulfilment systems.
Passionate about the outdoors when he’s not at work, you’ll likely find Ron on the golf course, wakesurfing, and spending time with his wife and three children.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Best Buy Canada, Earl sets the tone and direction for the organization on everything from capital allocation and controls to operational efficiency and accountability for results. Responsible for the Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis and Tax functions, he plays an integral role in the development of strategic growth plans, and provides analysis of and sound guidance around the achievement of the company’s financial vision and goals.
With over 20 years of progressive experience in finance, internal audit and treasury, Earl is known for his ability to build, coach, and inspire engaged and effective teams across diverse functions. A passionate and creative leader, he proactively identifies opportunities, drives innovation, and transforms strategic plans into tangible results.
Prior to joining Best Buy Canada, Earl held senior finance positions with multinational consumer-packaged food and retail companies, including the roles of Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for Canadian Tire and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Campbell Company of Canada.
Earl holds a Chartered Accountant designation and sits on the Finance Committee, Pension Committee, and Board of Governors for the University of Guelph, where he received his Bachelors in Economics. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Toronto-based Grace Kennedy Foods.
Outside of corporate life, Earl keeps busy with sports, music, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
As Senior Vice President, Retail and Chief Human Resources Officer for Best Buy Canada, Kamy Scarlett is accountable for sales and profits in over 180 stores across Canada, in addition to enacting the human resources and talent management strategies for the company.
Kamy began her career in retail over 30 years ago, starting with a role at the Hudson’s Bay Company. She has harnessed invaluable experience in both line and support functions, for iconic Canadian retailers such as Dylex, Hudson’s Bay, Loblaws, Grafton Fraser and now Best Buy Canada.
Often referred to as a ‘unicorn’ for her uniquely defined experiences in retail, Kamy’s background has included such roles as VP of Retail at the Bay, and SVP of Marketing for Hudson’s Bay Company and its four banners, as well as serving as the SVP of Talent Management at Loblaw. In her role at Best Buy Canada, Kamy brings a wealth of knowledge, a strong leadership mentality, and an acute skillset to lead her teams.
Known for her passion for people and ability to lead cultural transformation, Kamy believes the qualities that lead to successful change are the same qualities that make a strong leader. Enacting the willingness to change requires a culture that’s based on faith in leadership and firmly rooted in open strategy and transparent communication. Kamy helps to embody this message of trust and relay it to her teams, remaining firm on the idea that people only fear change when they don't understand or trust the intention behind it.
Phil Arrata is the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Best Buy Canada Ltd. Phil is a key member of the Executive Team in providing strategic, operational and programmatic support to the organization.
He is responsible for several business areas including Corporate Strategy, Geek Squad, IT, Supply Chain & Logistics, Customer Contact Centers, Best Buy for Business (Commercial Sales), Legal, Real Estate, Loss Prevention and Procurement.
Phil joined Best Buy Canada as the Director of Finance in 2008 and his scope of responsibility has progressively grown. Prior to Best Buy, Phil was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Phil focused primarily in the field of strategy and operational improvements. Phil started his career as a management consultant with Deloitte.
Phil sits on the Board of Directors for MEC. He is also Associate Professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business where he focuses his teaching on strategy and finance. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from McGill University.
Outside of Phil’s career commitments to Best Buy, you will find him spending quality time with his wife and children, running on Vancouver’s seawall, or visiting different parts of the world.
As Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Best Buy Canada, Tony is responsible for the vision and sets the strategy for all merchandising execution, vendor partnerships, and store design initiatives. A proven leader, Tony continues to exert an innovative approach that serves the organization well, delivering exceptional results during times of exponential growth, as well as during periods of volatility and difficult market conditions.
Throughout his 23-year career with the company, Tony has played a significant leadership role in the launch of many strategic initiatives. This has included the introduction of Best Buy into the Canadian market, stewardship of the vendor partnership store-within-a-store program, and the launch of numerous exclusives into the Canadian market.
A humble and passionate leader, Tony is renowned for his natural leadership skills just as much as he is for a collaborative approach to team-building. Developing his leadership skills on a global scale has allowed Tony to strengthen the cohesiveness of the teams he oversees, while encouraging the potential of each of his team members.
When he’s not working, Tony can be found enjoying the outdoors or spending time with his wife and two children.
As Senior Vice President of eCommerce for Best Buy Canada, Thierry Hay-Sabourin oversees the company’s rapid growth in Total Retail and continued expansion into the online market. Responsible for the eCommerce strategy and vision for the organization, Thierry has been instrumental in the development of the company’s online approach and emergence as a leader in Canadian ecommerce.
Since 2004, Thierry has played an integral role in the management and innovation behind the Best Buy website. He has spearheaded many significant projects including the introduction of the company’s online community forums and blog platforms. Thierry has been instrumental in bringing Best Buy Canada’s Total Retail initiatives to life, such as launching Reserve and Pick Up, eReceipts, Multi-Channel Fulfilment, Delivery Promise, Ship-from-store, and Marketplace. All of these initiatives have contributed to Best Buy Canada’s back-to-back recognition for ‘Best Omni-Channel Integration’ at the 2014 and 2015 Canada Post eCommerce Innovation Awards.
Thierry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from HEC Montréal, where he was also a part of the first cohort in Canada to achieve a Graduate Degree in eCommerce.