MINNEAPOLIS—Best Buy Co has added Matthew Furman as senior vice president, communications and public affairs. Furman will report to interim company CEO Mike Mikan. Furman will oversee Best Buy's employee communications, public relations, executive communications, government affairs, corporate responsibility and community relations.

According to Mikan, Furman "will ensure that Best Buy's story—where it's been, where it intends to go and how it's going to get there—is told with consistency, clarity and passion, and that it is heard by our many audiences, both within the company and outside it."

Before joining Best Buy, Furman was the vice president of corporate affairs for Mars Chocolate and a member of its management team. He is the former head of corporate communications for Google and was ChoicePoint's vice president of brand and corporate communications.

Earlier, he held communications positions in the administrations of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and President Bill Clinton. For a brief time, he acted as an advisor to the Governor of Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and, was the senior vice president of public relations for the CNN News Group, managing communications for the company's worldwide networks.