Former Best Buy Exec to Lead Art Van E-Commerce

Azar spent more than 20 years at Best Buy
October 4, 2017Andrea Lillo

Michele AzarMichele Azar
WARREN, Mich.–E-commerce strategist Michele Azar has joined Art Van Furniture as chief digital officer, a new position, tasked with transforming and growing the furniture retailer’s e-commerce division.

Azar played a key role in Best Buy’s corporate turnaround, a release said. She spent more than two decades at the electronics retailer, serving most recently as vice president, global e-commerce multichannel fulfillment and growth, where she drove new digital business models, improved online customer engagement and envisioned and scaled the capability Buy Online Ship from Store.

“All roads lead to the internet and under Michele’s expert command, we will dramatically expand e-commerce at Art Van Furniture and become a must-visit online marketplace for guests,” said Kim Yost, president and CEO. “She is an unabashed visionary, and her proven experience makes her uniquely qualified to create an easy, delightful experience for online home furnishing shoppers.”

Azar added, “Art Van is an established brick-and-mortar retail powerhouse poised to combine cutting-edge technology with its innovative culture as it designs and implements an exemplary digital guest experience.”

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Fashion Editor
alillo@hfnmag.com

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.

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