Office Depot, Inc. Announces Organizational Structure and Key Management Appointments

  Office Depot, Inc. Announces Organizational Structure and Key Management

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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- December 18, 2013

Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP),a leading global provider ofoffice products,
services, and solutionsformed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax,
today announced the formation of its Executive Committee (EC) and Leadership
Team (LT).

“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. “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

The following positions make up the Executive Committee and report to Smith:

  *President, North America. This position will be responsible for  managing
    the following functions: Retail, Contract Sales, E-Commerce,
    Merchandising, Marketing, Real Estate and Supply Chain. The Company will
    commence an external search for a seasoned executive to fill this role. In
    the meantime, this position’s direct reports will report directly to
  *Steve Schmidt is President, International. This position, which ultimately
    will be based in Europe, manages the Company’s international businesses in
    Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico. Schmidt will not be
    relocating, but will stay on board for up to a year and continue to lead
    the European transformation, grow our international business and find his
  *Steve Hare is the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. He
    is responsible for the oversight of all financial aspects of the Company,
    including Financial Planning, and Accounting and Control. He also manages
    Treasury and Investor Relations as well as the Internal Audit and Tax
    functions. Additionally, he oversees Information Technology and the
    Integration Office.
  *Michael Allison is the Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer. He
    has global responsibility for all Human Resources functions, including
    Compensation and Benefits, Talent Management, Associate Relations,
    Organizational Development & Training, and Diversity & Inclusion.
    Additionally, the Communications function reports to him.
  *Elisa Garcia is the Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer. She is
    responsible for managing Legal, Regulatory, Compliance and Government
    Affairs worldwide as well as the Loss Prevention function. She also serves
    as general counsel and secretary for the organization.
  *Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. The Company will begin an immediate
    search to fill this position which will drive strategy and lead efforts to
    develop and prioritize key business initiatives. Investing in this newly
    created role is an important part of defining the future of the
    organization and exploring opportunities for top-line growth and

“In selecting my Executive Committee, I am bringing together top performers
and trusted advisors to help shape the strategic decisions that impact our
global business,” Smith said. “The team offers a breadth of experience across
a range of environments and the ability to create new ideas, drive innovation,
generate improvements and execute flawlessly. As we round out this group, I am
confident that we have the personalities, talent and skills to transform and
build our organization.”

In addition to the Executive Committee, Smith has created a newly formed
Leadership Team, which includes members of the EC and executives who report to
the President of North America and the Chief Financial Officer. These
executives are:

  *Executive Vice President of Retail. This position is responsible for
    managing the retail stores organization. It will set strategic direction
    to grow profitable sales while developing an omni-channel shopping
    experience aimed at increasing share of wallet.  The Company will conduct
    an outside search to fill this position. Juan Guerrero, currently Senior
    Vice President of Retail for legacy Office Depot, will act as interim head
    of Retail during the search process and will be a candidate for this role.
  *Steve Calkins is the Executive Vice President of Contract Sales. He
    manages the Company’s North American field sales organization which
    services small, medium and large businesses, education and government
    customers, and Canadian operations. He is responsible for setting
    strategic direction to grow profitable sales across customer segments and
    vertical markets, including developing innovative solutions designed to
    expand the customer relationship.
  *Executive Vice President of E-Commerce. This position manages all North
    American websites for our direct-to-consumer and online business
    customers. It will also set strategic direction to grow profitable sales
    while developing an omni-channel shopping experience aimed at increasing
    share of wallet. The Company will conduct an outside search to fill this
    position. Mike Kirschner, currently Senior Vice President of E-Commerce
    for legacy Office Depot, will act as interim head of E-Commerce and will
    be a candidate for this role.
  *Ron Lalla is Executive Vice President of Merchandising. He is responsible
    for defining the overall Merchandising category and assortment strategy
    and strengthening market position and brand recognition through innovative
    product development and strategic vendor relationships.
  *Tim Rea is Executive Vice President of Marketing. He is responsible for
    driving the development and implementation of strategic marketing
    activities that build brand loyalty and increase market share across North
  *Larry Hartley is Senior Vice President of Supply Chain. He is responsible
    for delivering best-in-class supply chain support. This includes driving
    continuous improvement and process standardization across the Company’s
    distribution network to optimize transportation services and inventory
    levels, while ensuring timely and affordable fulfillment.
  *Rob Koch is Senior Vice President of Real Estate. He leads the development
    of the Company’s real estate strategy. This includes the lease management,
    construction and architecture of all new, relocating, reformatted or
    closing stores.
  *Todd Hale is Senior Vice President & Global Chief Information Officer. He
    defines the Company’s IT architecture, oversees IT projects and manages
    portfolio decisions. Hale also is responsible for planning and developing
    applications supporting business operations and ensuring the security of
    IT systems and processes.
  *Deb O’Connor is Senior Vice President of Integration. She will oversee the
    successful integration of legacy Office Depot and legacy OfficeMax to
    ensure the achievement of synergies in an effective and efficient manner.

“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.

“In launching this new structure and through the integration process, a number
of very talented and well-respected executives are leaving our Company,” Smith
noted. “I would like to thank them all for their leadership during this
critical time and wish them well in their future endeavors.”

About Office Depot, Inc.

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Office Depot, Inc. is a
leading global provider of products, services, and solutionsfor every
workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better.
We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive,
including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document
services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school

The company has combined annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs
about 66,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries
with more than 2,200 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a
dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a
global network of wholly owned operations, joint ventures, franchisees,
licensees and alliance partners. The company’s portfolio of leading brands
includes Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Viking, Ativa, TUL,
Foray, and DiVOGA.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found

Additional information about the recently completed merger of Office Depot and
OfficeMax can be found at

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and
OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product
or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective


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of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements or
disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future
trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state
other information relating to, among other things, the Company, the merger and
other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, based on current
beliefs and assumptions made by, and information currently available to,
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various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s
control. There can be no assurances that the Company will realize these
expectations or that these beliefs will prove correct, and therefore investors
and shareholders should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the
forward-looking statements include adverse regulatory decisions; the risks
that the combined company will not realize the estimated accretive effects of
the merger or the estimated cost savings and synergies; the businesses of
Office Depot and OfficeMax may not be integrated successfully or such
integration may take longer, be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to
accomplish than expected; the business disruption following the merger,
including adverse effects on employee retention; the combined company’s
ability to maintain its long-term credit rating; unanticipated changes in the
markets for the combined company’s business segments; unanticipated downturns
in business relationships with customers; competitive pressures on the
combined company’s sales and pricing; increases in the cost of material,
energy and other production costs, or unexpected costs that cannot be recouped
in product pricing; the introduction of competing technologies; unexpected
technical or marketing difficulties; unexpected claims, charges, litigation or
dispute resolutions; new laws and governmental regulations. The foregoing list
of factors is not exhaustive. Investors and shareholders should carefully
consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described
in Office Depot’s and OfficeMax’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The
combined company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements.


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