John Thompson

Former Senior Vice President and General Manager
Baltimore, MD

John Thompson is retired-senior vice president and general manager of (CEO equivalent), the wholly owned Internet subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. Mr. Thompson, named one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise (February 2005), recipient of the Career Achievement Award from Retail Systems Alert Group (April 2006), and the 2012 recipient of the VICS (Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards) Roger Milliken Lifetime Achievement Award for Supply Chain Excellence is responsible for all aspects of the business unit, including operations and P&L.

Mr. Thompson joined Best Buy as senior vice president of supply chain and business systems for Best Buy stores in April 2001. Prior to joining Best Buy, he was chief information officer and senior vice president for customer service, information systems, distribution, logistics and e-business functions at Liz Claiborne, Inc. Mr. Thompson also spent several years at Goody’s Family Clothing, Inc. where he was chief information officer and executive vice president of merchandise planning and logistics. Prior positions include vice president of information systems and distribution for the Lee Apparel Company, a division of the VF Corporation and co-founder of Quick Response Services, Inc. He spent 15 years at General Electric Company with increasing levels of responsibility in marketing, logistics, finance and operations.

Mr. Thompson currently serves on the board of directors of Norfolk Southern Corporation, Belk Department Stores, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and as a Trustee for Mercy College. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mercy College.