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Merger Prompts Office Depot To Name New Executive Committee, Leadership Team

Wednesday December 18th, 2013 - 11:34AM

Office Depot, Inc., the new entity formed in the merger of the previous Office Depot enterprise and OfficeMax, has announced the formation of its executive committee. The company also announced key appointments to the committee.

Among the executives chosen, according to Office Depot:

Two positions on the executive committee have yet to be filled: chief strategy and innovation officer, and president, North America. Office Depot stated that it would begin an immediate search to fill the positions.

 “Since I joined the company last month, my priorities have been to name a headquarters location and select a leadership team that incorporates the best talent from both companies and also adds fresh perspective from the outside,” said Roland Smith, chairman and CEO of Office Depot, Inc., in announcing the leadership initiatives. “Last week we named Boca Raton as our corporate headquarters. Today, I am sharing the company’s new organizational structure which focuses on accountability and streamlined decision making. I believe this approach provides the best foundation to execute the merger synergies and transformation strategy for long-term growth.”

In addition to the executive committee, Smith has created a newly formed leadership team, which incorporates members of that committee and executives who report to the president of North America and the CFO.

The leadership team, Office Depot stated, includes: 

In addition, Juan Guerrero, currently senior vp/retail for legacy Office Depot, will hold a post on the leadership team and act as interim head of retail during an executive vp/retail search. Also, Mike Kirschner, currently senior vp/ e-commerce for legacy Office Depot, will act as interim head of e-commerce during a search for an executive vp/e-commerce.

“With the executive team nearing completion, we will now move quickly to select the best talent available from both legacy companies to build a world class organization focused on exceeding the expectations of consumers and businesses, becoming a more appealing partner to our vendors, and ultimately driving value for our shareholders,” Smith said.