Office Depot Names New Chief Legal Officer

by Katie Lee

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. has hired N. David Bleisch, a distinguished law professional with more than 30 years of experience, as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

Bleisch will lead the strategic direction of the legal organization and operations, as well as manage the regulatory and compliance matters for the company. He will report directly to Office Depot’s CEO, Gerry Smith.

“David has been a trusted legal advisor for many years and has provided strategic legal solutions to key business issues within the organizations he’s worked for with an outstanding track record,” says Smith. “He is an experienced and knowledgeable leader in his field and we are thrilled to welcome him to Office Depot.”

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.

Bleisch is filling the role vacated by Steve Calkins who was promoted to president, business solutions division, in May.

Office Depot, Inc. has approximately 1,400 retail stores and operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy.

SOURCE: Office Depot, Inc.

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