Todd Hartman

General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer at Best Buy Co., Inc.

Todd Hartman

Todd Hartman

General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer at Best Buy Co., Inc.


Todd Hartman is general counsel and chief risk and compliance officer for Best Buy Co. Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s legal activities and its global risk and compliance program. He also serves as corporate secretary.

Todd joined Best Buy in 2006. He most recently served as chief risk and compliance officer, overseeing enterprise data security, customer data privacy, enterprise risk management, global security, business continuity/disaster recovery, internal investigations, crisis response management and compliance and ethics. He continues to lead those functions in his current role.

Todd previously was Best Buy’s deputy general counsel from 2011 to 2017. Before that, he served as the company’s chief compliance officer and vice president of strategic alliances.

Prior to joining Best Buy, Todd was a partner at Minneapolis law firm Robins Kaplan. A Minnesota native, he worked for several years as a telecommunications and technology attorney in Washington, D.C., before returning to Minneapolis.

Todd received his law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern University. He serves as chair of the Best Buy Foundation and on the board of the Guthrie Theater.

Career Highlights

Best Buy Co., Inc.

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1966 - Minnesota



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Founder at Best Buy Children's Foundation

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Vice President of Public Affairs at Dominium Group, Inc.

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President at Best Buy Children's Foundation

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President & Chief Operating Officer at Best Buy Co., Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Best Buy Co., Inc.

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Chief Merchandising Officer at Best Buy Co., Inc.

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Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer at Best Buy Co., Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Retail Industry Leaders Association, Inc.

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Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP

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Co-President at Best Buy Capital

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Bachelor's in Communications

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

Law Degree

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

Career History
General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer
2006 - Current

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is the global leader in consumer electronics, with more than 1,400 large and small-format locations, more than 160,000 employees, $50B in annual revenue and the 11th largest retail website in the United States. Our “Blue Shirt” sales associates and Geek Squad agents are the authority on consumer electronics, delivering unbiased, knowledgeable advice hundreds of millions of times a year and offering unmatched support for the lifetime of the products we sell. Shop our competitively priced products and services at or stop by one of our Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile stores to touch, test and try the latest technology. Since its inception in 1966, Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) has grown steadily and enhanced its business through inspired innovations. We’re continually transforming into a dynamic, customer-driven, talent-powered company that focuses on enhancing our customers’ enjoyment of technology. Like many companies, we come from humble beginnings. We’ve been challenged signi?cantly from time to time and we’ve learned, changed and grown from each of these challenges. Today, Best Buy operates a global portfolio of brands with a commitment to growth and innovation. Our employees strive to provide customers around the world with superior experiences by responding to their unique needs and aspirations. This commitment to growth and customers has driven strong, consistent earnings growth. Retail is a business that requires constant innovation, new ideas, new ways to delight our customers and new ways to work together. To meet the unique product and service needs of our customers, our stores and operating models are being transformed to shift our focus from product-centric to customer-centric ? a move that poises Best Buy to truly offer the entertainment and technology solutions that meet our customers’ needs, end-to- end.


Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP provides legal services. The firm offers services in the fields of business law, employment, merger, acquisition, consolidation, real estate, finance, and tax. The company was co-founded by Solly Robins & Julius Davis in 1938 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.

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Former Senator from Minnesota


Founding Partner at Ciresi Conlin LLP

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