Board investigating Brian Dunn, newspaper reports

Brian Dunn
Brian Dunn, CEO of Best Buy, speaks at a media event in 2009.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

The former chief executive of Richfield-based Best Buy left his job over allegations he used company resources to carry on an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer, according to a report in the Star Tribune.

Brian Dunn resigned Tuesday, leaving the struggling retailer to find a new leader as a new restructuring gets underway. Neither Dunn nor Best Buy commented on the report.

The newspaper cites an unidentified source close to the company who said Best Buy is investigating multiple allegations that Dunn behaved inappropriately with a subordinate.

The company surprised observers with the announcement Tuesday morning of Dunn's departure, which it characterized as coming by mutual agreement.

No reason was specified at the time. Initially, many analysts and investors linked the news with Dunn's struggle to deal with the stiff competition Best Buy faces from other big-box and online retailers.

Hours later, though, the company said Dunn chose to resign amid an internal investigation into his personal conduct.

The company discourages social relationships between employees who have direct or indirect reporting relationships to each other.

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