Former Boots the Chemists managing director Scott Wheway has been named chief operating officer of Best Buy International and will play a key role in launching the retailer in Europe.

Wheway, who also spent 20 years at Tesco and held a variety of senior roles there, will report to Best Buy International chief executive Bob Willett and be responsible for operations in Canada, China, Mexico and Turkey as well as the European arm, which is a joint venture with Carphone Warehouse.

Willett said: “Scott’s leadership style and deep understanding of multinational retail operations will serve us well as we look for ways to drive growth around the globe.

“Scott is the consummate retailer. He’s never forgotten his roots as a line-level store employee and remains passionate about meeting customer needs.”

Wheway left Boots after its sale to Stefano Pessina and private equity firm KKR.

Willett is giving up his role as Best Buy’s chief information officer and is replaced by Neville Roberts. Sean Skelley, a 20-year veteran of best Buy is promoted to president, international operations, and will report to Wheway.