Senior Leadership

Gerry P. Smith
Chief Executive Officer

Gerry P. Smith was named Chief Executive Officer of Office Depot, Inc. and a Director in February 2017. Prior to joining Office Depot, Smith served as Executive Vice President of Lenovo Group Ltd. and served in a number of senior executive roles across the business. Gerry joined Lenovo in 2006 and was instrumental in the company’s growth to become the largest personal computer (PC) company. He was also a leader in building the company’s global brand recognition and expansion during the past decade.

In his role as Executive Vice President, he was responsible for operations across Lenovo’s global product portfolio. Previously as Chief Operating Officer of the Personal Computing Group and Enterprise Business Group, he led Lenovo to the top position in world-wide PC sales and as President of the Americas, he led Lenovo’s America’s Group to record market share and profits. He also served as Senior Vice President of Lenovo’s Global Supply Chain, where his leadership was recognized by leading research firm, Gartner, in ranking Lenovo’s supply chain among the best in the world.

Prior to Lenovo, Gerry held a number of executive positions at Dell, as the company became a global leader in PCs. In his last role, he built the Dell Singapore Design Center and led Dell to the leading market position in flat panels as Vice President and General Manager of Displays. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University.

Michael Allison
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Michael Allison was named Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Office Depot, Inc. in March 2017. In this role, Allison is responsible for all Human Resources functions, Communications, Events, IT, Loss Prevention, Real Estate, Construction and Aviation.

Previously, Allison served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Chief People Officer for Office Depot, where he developed HR teams that were integral in the overall success of the business by driving performance. He joined Office Depot in 2006 as Vice President, Human Resources. Prior to Office Depot, Allison served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Victoria’s Secret Direct. Before joining Victoria’s Secret, he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Bank One and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for National City Bank, both in Dayton, Ohio. Allison began his career as a practicing attorney specializing in Labor and Employment Law.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated in 1979 from John Carroll University and received his law degree in 1982 from The Ohio State University College of Law.

Steve Calkins
President, Business Solutions Division

Steve Calkins was named President, Business Solutions Division for Office Depot, Inc. in May 2017. In this role, Calkins is responsible for leading the company’s B2B efforts, including through oversight of e-commerce, the contract sales organization, and the Canadian operations. Calkins was named Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Office Depot in August 2016, a position he will maintain pending a successor being named. Prior to that appointment, he held various executive leadership roles in operations since 2011, including Executive Vice President, Contract Sales. In addition to overseeing Office Depot’s contract sales business and the Canadian operations in that role, he was also responsible for Copy & Print Services and Customer Service across North American selling channels.

Calkins joined Office Depot in the legal department in 2003, serving in various capacities including Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, after having served several years in private practice. Calkins is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of South Carolina School of Law.

John W. Gannfors
Executive Vice President, Transformation, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain

John W. Gannfors was named Executive Vice President, Transformation, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain in July 2017. In this role, Gannfors is leading Office Depot’s Transformation Office, process improvement and strategic sourcing, as well as overseeing the company’s procurement and supply chain functions. Previously, Gannsfors served as Executive Vice President, Transformation and Strategic Sourcing. Gannfors is a global leader with a proven track record of creating immediate value in diverse organizations by driving strategy and strategic alignment, effective operational business transformation and strategic sourcing initiatives. He joined Office Depot after nearly ten years at Lenovo Group Limited, where he was instrumental in driving business results as a key leader in its Data Center Group Global Supply Chain and as its Chief Procurement Officer.

Prior to joining Lenovo, he spent 12 years in leadership roles at Dell. Gannfors began his career in Product Management at Lockheed Martin’s Calcomp division, as well as Definicon Systems. Gannfors earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Lutheran University.

Stephen E. Hare
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Stephen E. Hare was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Office Depot, Inc. in December 2013. In this role, Hare is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the Company, including Financial Planning and Analysis, Accounting and Financial Reporting, as well as managing the Tax, Internal Audit, Treasury, M&A and Investor Relations functions. Hare joined Office Depot from The Wendy’s Company where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Hare also was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc.

Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., Cadmus, AMF Bowling Worldwide, and James River Corp. Hare brings to the company strong operational skills as well as considerable integration experience – having worked on a number of significant business transformations. Importantly, throughout his career, Hare has demonstrated the ability to successfully balance financial discipline with the need for sustained growth. Hare serves on the Board of Directors of Hanger, Inc. He graduated with a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Troy Rice
President, Retail Division

Troy Rice was named President, Retail Division for Office Depot, Inc. in May 2017. In this role, Rice is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company’s retail operations while transforming the customer experience, as well as overseeing the Copy & Print business, and Customer Service. Previously, Rice served as Chief Operating Officer for Office Depot since August 2016.

Prior to this role, Rice served as Executive Vice President of Retail for Office Depot where he successfully led the integration of the Office Depot and OfficeMax store operations, drove same store sales improvements and significantly grew operating profit. Over the course of his 26 years of retail experience, Rice has led omni-channel initiatives in partnership with eCommerce, improved customer satisfaction scores, grown customer loyalty programs, implemented world class systems and processes and driven sales.

Before joining Office Depot in 2014, Rice served as Executive Vice President of Stores and Services at Toys”R”Us during which he was responsible for all aspects of store operations for Toys”R”Us, Babies”R”Us, FAO Schwarz and seasonal stores. Prior to Toys”R”Us, Rice spent 16 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Home Depot, culminating in the role of Division President, Northern Division, in which he held full operational responsibility for Home Depot’s largest division.

Rice earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Finance from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.

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