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Office Depot Announces Filing Of Preliminary Proxy Statement For Annual Meeting

Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that the Company filed its preliminary proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday, July 5, 2013.

The Company also announced that Michael J. Massey, previously Chief Executive Officer and President of Collective Brands, Inc., has been nominated to join the Board by the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee (the “Nominating Committee”). He fills the vacancy created by current director Brenda Gaines, who has informed the Board of her decision not to stand for reelection at this year’s annual meeting of stockholders.

“We are very pleased to announce that Michael Massey has agreed to serve on the Office Depot Board and stand for election at the upcoming annual meeting,” said Neil Austrian, Chairman and CEO of Office Depot. “Michael is a highly qualified industry veteran who brings over 23 years of significant retail experience to our Board, having served in numerous senior level roles at Collective Brands and The May Department Stores Company. On behalf of the Board, I’d like to welcome Michael and we look forward to working with him.”

Austrian continued, “I also want to thank Brenda for over a decade of service to the Office Depot Board and wish her well on her future endeavors.”

Office Depot’s Board of Directors recommends that shareholders vote "FOR" its 10 director nominees at the upcoming annual meeting of stockholders, scheduled to be held on August 21, 2013.

About Michael Massey

Michael J. Massey previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Collective Brands, Inc. from June 2011 to October 2012. He also served there as Senior Vice President from March 2003 to June 2011 and General Counsel and Secretary from March 2003 to October 2012. Additionally, while at Collective Brands, Massey held various executive roles in corporate development and law from 1996 to 2003.

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