OfficeMax And Office Depot CEO Selection Committee Hires Korn/Ferry International For CEO Search
OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) and Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP) today announced that the global talent management consultancy Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY) has been selected to assist the CEO Selection Committee in the search for a CEO for the combined company in the pending merger. Korn/Ferry International is a premier global provider of leadership and talent management solutions with reach across all industries and regions of the world. Dennis Carey, Vice Chairman of Korn/Ferry International, is leading the search.
Korn/Ferry International was chosen by the previously announced CEO Selection Committee, which is co-chaired by Office Depot Board Member Nigel Travis, Chairman and CEO of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. and OfficeMax Board Member Jim Marino, former President and CEO of Alberto Culver Company.
The committee and Korn/Ferry expect to undertake a comprehensive search for a proven leader with the strategic insight, operational discipline and inspirational leadership required to transform the business and deliver the synergies that come from combining the companies. The search will consider both incumbent CEOs (Neil Austrian of Office Depot and Ravi Saligram of OfficeMax) and external candidates. Both incumbents will remain in their current positions through the search process, which is anticipated to be completed at or prior to the close of the transaction.
Transaction Details On February 20, 2013, OfficeMax and Office Depot announced their entry into an agreement to combine their companies in a merger of equals aimed at building a stronger, more efficient competitor able to meet the growing challenges of a rapidly changing industry. The merger process is ongoing, and the transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2013, subject to stockholder approval from both companies, the receipt of regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
About OfficeMax OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leading provider of products, solutions and services for the workplace, whether for business or at home. The OfficeMax mission is simple: We provide workplace innovation that enables our customers to work better. The company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers. OfficeMax consumers and business customers are served by approximately 29,000 associates through OfficeMax.com, OfficeMaxWorkplace.com, and Reliable.com; more than 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico, and direct sales and catalogs. OfficeMax has been named one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies, and is the only company in the office supply industry to receive Ethics Inside® Certification by the Ethisphere Institute. To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX. For more information, visit www.officemax.com.
About Office Depot Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,628 worldwide retail stores, a field sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $10.7 billion, employs about 38,000 associates and serves customers in 60 countries around the world.
Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.
About Korn/Ferry International Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to attract, deploy, develop and reward their talent. Visit www.kornferry.com for more information on the Korn/Ferry International family of companies, and www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.
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