Neil Austrian was named Office Depot’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in May 2011. He served as Office Depot’s interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from October 4, 2004 until March 11, 2005 and again from November 1, 2010 through May 22, 2011.
Austrian has served as an Office Depot Director since 1998 when the Company merged with Viking Office Products. He had been a Director of Viking since 1988. Austrian was President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League from April 1991 until December 1999. He was a Managing Director of Dillon Read & Company, Inc. from October 1987 until March 1991. Before Dillon Read, Austrian was Chairman & CEO of Showtime/The Movie Channel, a joint venture between Warner Communications and Viacom, and he also served as Chief Executive of the advertising firm Doyle, Dane, Bernbach. He is currently a Director of DirecTV and is on the advisory board of MidOcean Partners. Neil received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and earned an MBA from Harvard University.