Former Carphone Warehouse Director and Geek Squad Europe CEO Joins SquareTrade
Kevin Gillan Joins SquareTrade as Managing Director to Continue
Expansion in Europe
LONDON -- (Marketwired) -- 04/18/13 -- SquareTrade(R), the top-rated
warranty provider, today announced that Kevin Gillan has joined the
company as managing director of Europe. Formerly group director for
Carphone Warehouse Group plc, CEO of Geek Squad(R) Europe, and
commercial director of Best Buy Europe, Kevin joins SquareTrade to
continue the company's growth in Europe. Late in 2012, SquareTrade
announced that Tesco, UK's largest retailer, and Asda, had joined
Amazon and eBay International as SquareTrade UK retailers.
"SquareTrade has had a fabulous welcome from the UK market -- a
testament to the dire need among consumers for an alternative to
traditional warranties," said Steve Abernethy, president and CEO of
SquareTrade. "We expect Kevin's deep understanding of mobile and his
experience building Geek Squad Europe from scratch to have a huge
impact on our growth in the UK and Western Europe."
Gillan added: "I'm thrilled to join a company that is so radically
transforming an outdated market: SquareTrade is bringing value and
convenience to warranties that British & European consumers have
never had access to before. And it's about time -- the
technology-centric lifestyles we lead demand protection."
Gillan has a proven track record of building European retail business
and driving profitable growth across international, consumer
electronics markets. Before joining SquareTrade, he was the
commercial director for Best Buy Europe where he developed its
multi-channel launch strategy. Before this role, Kevin was the CEO of
Geek Squad UK where he was responsible for creating and successfully
launching the Joint Venture between Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse.
He also launched a number of mobile virtual network operators (MVNO)
across Europe including the very first MVNO in Spain.
Gillan started his career in marketing with Reebok International Ltd.
and later Accenture where he was a management strategy consultant.
Kevin attended Aston University for his undergraduate degree and
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he
earned his MBA.
SquareTrade is the top-rated protection plan
trusted by millions of happy customers for its fast and exceptional
service. SquareTrade protects mobile devices, laptops and tablets,
and other consumer electronics and appliances from malfunctions,
accidental damage and life's frequent mishaps. Unlike old-fashioned
warranties, SquareTrade is designed for today's consumer and uses
innovative technology to deliver a zero-hassle claims process.
SquareTrade has more than 200,000 fans on Facebook, consistently wins
industry awards and receives thousands of 5-star reviews for its
legendary customer service. Top retailers around the world offer
SquareTrade, achieving a 200% increase in sales on average and
happier customers. SquareTrade's rapid transformation of the warranty
industry attracted one of the largest private capital raises in 2012,
with a $238 million round led by Bain Capital and Bain Capital
Ventures. Headquartered in San Francisco and London, SquareTrade is
privately held. For more information, go to www.squaretrade.co.uk.
SquareTrade is a registered trademark of SquareTrade, Inc. Geek Squad
is a registered trademark of Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc., a
subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. All other company, brand and product
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