Office Depot appoints Gerry Smith as CEO
In conjunction with his appointment as CEO, Mr. Smith will also join the Office Depot Board as a director.
An experienced executive, Mr. Smith currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Lenovo Group, a global technology company. He joined Lenovo in 2006.
Previously as Chief Operating Officer of the Personal Computing Group and Enterprise Business Group, he led Lenovo as President of the Americas.
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, Mr. Smith had 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.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University.
He will succeed current CEO Roland Smith, who previously announced his intention to retire from the company. ■
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