Office Depot names Juliet Johansson to drive new strategy

Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) has named Juliet Johansson as exec-VP and chief strategy officer, to develop and drive the strategy of the office supply retailer as it moves forward post-merger.

Office Depot merged with OfficeMax in November 2013.

"Juliet brings the ideal mix of advisory talent and practical experience necessary to lead our efforts to define and develop key strategic initiatives," said Roland Smith, chairman and CEO. "Her proven track record of developing and implementing strategy in diverse business environments gives me great confidence that she will be instrumental in our work to identify exciting new growth opportunities."

Johansson's background includes a decade of strategic advisory experience with premier firms McKinsey & Company and The Blackstone Group. During her eight year tenure with McKinsey, Johansson advised C-level executives in the retail, consumer products, fast food and high technology sectors as Associate Principal and co-leader of the Sales and Marketing Practice. From McKinsey, she joined Ryder System, where she spent five years in senior roles responsible for strategy, national sales and marketing.

Most recently Johansson served as senior VP, global commercial business for dental implant manufacturer Biomet 3i.

"I'm excited to join Office Depot at such a pivotal time in the company's history and am looking forward to defining the strategies that will drive the business forward," said Johansson. "It's clear that the management team is committed to identifying and implementing product, service and solutions initiatives that will drive top-line growth."

For more:
-See this Office Depot press release

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