New Office Depot hire to shape strategy

Juliet Johansson, a former executive with a dental implant manufacturer, is Office Depot’s new EVP and chief strategy officer.

Johansson most recently served as SVP of dental implant manufacturer Biomet 3i’s global commercial business for a little over a year. Prior to that, she spent two years with The Blackstone Group where Biomet 3i was one of the company’s she advised. She also spent five years with Ryder Systems in senior roles responsible for strategy, national sales and marketing and prior to that she was with McKinsey & Company. During her tenure at McKinsey, Johansson advised C-level in executives in the retail, consumer products, fast food and high technology sectors as a co-leader of the consulting firms sales and marketing practice.

In her new role at Office Depot, formed from the recent merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Johansson will report to Office Depot chairman and CEO Roland Smith and serve on the company’s executive committee.

"Juliet brings the ideal mix of advisory talent and practical experience necessary to lead our efforts to define and develop key strategic initiatives," Smith said. "Her proven track record of developing and implementing strategy in diverse business environments gives me great confidence that she will be instrumental in our work to identify exciting new growth opportunities."

Johansson said she was excited to be joining Office Depot at a pivotal time in the company's history looked forward to defining the strategies that will drive the business forward.

“It's clear that the management team is committed to identifying and implementing product, service and solutions initiatives that will drive top-line growth,” Johansson said.

She earned a B.A. in economics from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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