On February 20, 2013, OfficeMax and Office Depot announced their entry into an agreement to combine their companies in a merger of equals. On July 10, 2013, stockholders of both companies approved the merger. The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2013, subject to regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
As announced on June 11, 2013, the companies selected Korn/Ferry International to assist the CEO Selection Committee, which is co-chaired by OfficeMax Board Member Jim Marino, former President and CEO of Alberto Culver Company and Office Depot Board Member Nigel Travis, Chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. in its comprehensive search. The committee is actively engaged in evaluating a slate of candidates, including incumbent CEOs Ravi Saligram of OfficeMax and Neil Austrian of Office Depot. The goal remains to identify a proven leader with the strategic insight, operational discipline and inspirational leadership required to transform the business and deliver the synergies that come from combining the companies. Both incumbent CEOs will remain in their current positions through the search process, which is anticipated to be completed at or prior to the close of the transaction.
About OfficeMaxOfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leading provider of products, solutions and services for the workplace, whether for business or at home. The OfficeMax mission is simple: We provide workplace innovation that enables our customers to work better. The company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers. OfficeMax consumers and business customers are served by approximately 29,000 associates through OfficeMax.com, OfficeMaxWorkplace.com, and Reliable.com; more than 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico, and direct sales and catalogs. OfficeMax has been named one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies, and is the only company in the office supply industry to receive Ethics Inside® Certification by the Ethisphere Institute. To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX. For more information, visit www.officemax.com. About Office Depot Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,628 worldwide retail stores, a field sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $10.7 billion, employs about 38,000 associates and serves customers in 60 countries around the world.