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.

N. David Bleisch
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

N. David Bleisch was named Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Office Depot, Inc. in September 2017. In this role, Bleisch will lead the strategic direction of the legal organization and operations, as well as manage the regulatory and compliance matters for the company.

Bleisch has broad expertise in securities compliance, enterprise risk management, corporate finance, antitrust, litigation, intellectual property management, government and regulatory affairs, investor relations, labor and employment issues, shareholder engagement, class action lawsuits and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Office Depot, Bleisch was Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for The ADT Corporation, where he managed the legal, environmental, health and safety, government affairs and corporate governance matters.

Earlier in his career, he served in several leadership roles at Tyco International before being appointed Vice President and General Counsel of Tyco Security Solutions. He also managed the intellectual property legal group for all of Tyco’s operating segments worldwide.

Bleisch received his Juris Doctor Degree from Boston College Law School.

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. 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.

Jerri DeVard
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Jerri DeVard was named Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Office Depot, Inc. in September 2017. In this role, DeVard is responsible for leading the strategy for furthering Office Depot’s brand positioning and overseeing the integration of all marketing and communications initiatives. She is responsible for driving the growth and implementation of strategic marketing activities that build brand equity and increase market share.

Previously, DeVard was senior vice president and chief marketing officer for The ADT Corporation, a global brand that is the nation's largest security company. She led ADT’s centralized marketing across the residential, small business and health business units and was responsible for all strategic, operational and financial aspects of the company’s integrated marketing programs. Prior to ADT, DeVard held various marketing leadership positions for Nokia, Verizon and Citigroup. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Under Armour, Inc. and Cars.com.

DeVard earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Spelman College and an MBA in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University.

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.

Todd Hale
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Todd Hale was named Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Office Depot, Inc. in August 2016. In this role, Hale is responsible for defining the Company’s IT architecture, managing and overseeing IT projects and portfolio decisions, planning and developing applications supporting business operations, and ensuring the security of IT systems and processes. In addition, Hale leads the newly formed Enterprise Portfolio Management Office responsible for facilitating the successful execution of key strategic initiatives.

Previously, Hale served as Senior Vice President, North American Chief Information Officer for Office Depot. During Hale’s time with Office Depot, he has led a number of transformational initiatives including the deployment of Global Merchandising, Supply Chain and eCommerce solutions. Hale joined Office Depot in 2004 where he held several positions of increasing responsibility such as Director, IT Supply Chain Systems; Senior Director, Merchandising, Marketing and Inventory Management Systems; and Vice President, North American Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Applications Development. Prior to joining Office Depot, Hale held various IT leadership positions with the Eckerd Corporation. He began his career in retail consulting for Proctor & Gamble and Walmart.

Hale holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a BS in Micro Biology from the University of Arkansas.

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.

Marko Ibrahim
Senior Vice President, Retail Division

Marko Ibrahim was named Senior Vice President, Retail Division for Office Depot, Inc. in July 2017. In this role, Ibrahim is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company’s retail operations.

Ibrahim joined Office Depot in 2016 as a Regional Vice President of Retail, West Region, where he was instrumental in driving customer experience improvement, operational excellence and profitable sales. Previously, Ibrahim spent 13 years at Toys”R”Us where he worked his way up from Store Manager to Regional Vice President for the East Region. Prior to that, Ibrahim held various leadership roles at Staples.

Ibrahim is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

Janet Schijns
Senior Vice President, Chief Merchant and Services Officer

Janet Schijns was named Senior Vice President, Chief Merchant and Services Officer for Office Depot, Inc. in September 2017. In this role, Schijns will direct the merchandise and services strategy across all channels. Additionally, she will establish products and services to differentiate Office Depot, develop merchandise pricing and positioning strategies and manage vendor relationships. She will also oversee the copy, print and tech services growth strategies supporting the company’s omnichannel approach.

Previously, Schijns served as Senior Vice President, Services for the company. Prior to Office Depot, Schijns was Chief Channel Executive and Vice President for Verizon Business Markets where she defined, designed, and executed on expanded distribution and digital channel strategy serving Verizon Business Markets, Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Verizon Wireless Business Group. Prior to that, Janet held leadership roles at Motorola - Enterprise Mobility Solutions, the JS Group, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, First Fidelity and L’Oreal.

Schijns earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Montclair State University.

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