Office Depot’s Schmidt retires

Steven Schmidt, executive vice-president and president, International, of Office Depot, has announced his intention to retire from the company effective 27 May, 2016.

Schmidt was responsible for managing the company’s international businesses in Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico.

Previously, Schmidt served as President of International for Office Depot. He brought to the company more than 30 years’ diverse business expertise and leadership.

Before joining Office Depot in 2007 as president, North American Business Solutions Division, Schmidt was with ACNielsen Corporation, where he spent 12 years in senior management roles such as president and CEO.

Prior to ACNielsen, Schmidt spent eight years at Pillsbury Food Company, serving as the company’s president of Canada and Southeast Asia. He also held management positions at PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble.

Schmidt is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a BA in Industrial Administration. He is a member of the boards of the Purdue Research Foundation and Krannert School of Management.

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