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Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of
office products, services, and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, today announced the appointment of Roland C. Smith as Chairman and CEO, effective immediately.
An experienced senior executive, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of public and private companies and on numerous boards, Smith comes to Office Depot, Inc. with a strong retail track record of increasing operating profit, managing complex integrations, directing corporate turnarounds, and transforming companies for future success.
Most recently, Smith was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Delhaize America, LLC, which is the U.S. division of Delhaize Group. Delhaize America produces over $18 billion in annual revenue through its U.S. supermarkets, including Food Lion and Hannaford, and represents approximately 65% of the revenue of the Delhaize Group. While at Delhaize, Smith orchestrated the successful integration of the major supermarket chains owned by Delhaize, including successful dispositions of three of the chains thereby materially improving profitability and driving substantial shareholder value creation at Delhaize Group.
Previously, Smith was President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company; President and CEO of Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc.; and CEO of Wendy's International, Inc. Throughout his tenure at these companies, Smith orchestrated numerous transformative initiatives. Originally at Arby’s, Smith helped to rejuvenate the brand, turn around the culture, and integrate the acquisition of its largest franchisee. Later, Smith successfully completed the acquisition and merger of Wendy’s by Arby’s. While transforming the culture, menu, and product, Smith also improved operations and accelerated international expansion. Additionally, Smith orchestrated the successful sale of Arby’s.
Smith also led operational turnarounds at American Golf Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of golf courses, and AMF, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers.
“I am honored to accept the position of Chairman and CEO of Office Depot, Inc.,” said Smith. “With the combined resources of Office Depot and OfficeMax, we have the ability to transform the company and create an exciting new organization that exceeds the needs and desires of our customers, provides new opportunities for our global associates, becomes a more appealing partner to our vendors, and increases value for our shareholders.”