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Office Depot Board Gets Vote of Confidence

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Delray Beach, Fla. Office Depot announced that independent voting advisory service PROXY Governance recommended that Office Depot stockholders should reject the two directors nominated by Alan Levan and his company, Woodbridge.

Office Depot stockholders will vote on the nominees at the annual Office Depot meeting scheduled for April 23.  PROXY cited a number of reasons for rejecting the two nominees, including the “vagueness” of their proposed plan for change.

Additionally, PROXY noted that five of Office Depot’s 12 board members have extensive experience in office products vs. the two nominees, who PROXY suggested would have “to get up to speed on what levers for change are available.”

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KPMG Hires Consumer-Markets Head

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Patrick “Pat” W. Dolan has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, to head its consumer-markets practice.

Dolan will serve as national line of business leader—consumer markets, and U.S. sector leader—food, drink and consumer goods, for KPMG. In his new role, Dolan will be responsible for growing the firm’s consumer-markets line of business, strengthening the firm’s brand, and working with KPMG partners and professionals across the United States.

At KPMG, Dolan will seek to broaden and deepen relationships with senior executives to develop consumer-markets opportunities, and will act as the lead engagement partner on several large client engagements. He will also help drive the creation of market recognized thought leadership and industry knowledge materials for consumer markets and food, drink and consumer goods.

Dolan is a professional services veteran with deep audit and advisory services experience — and almost 30 years in the consumer markets and wholesale distribution industries. He began his career at Arthur Andersen in 1976 and held positions of increasing responsibility through 2002, serving Andersen as managing partner of its business consulting practice in the central region, and as regional managing partner of the audit, tax and consulting practices in that region. Dolan was a senior VP at BearingPoint where he created and managed a middle market consumer and industrial markets segment.  Most recently, Pat was a corporate VP of operations at a privately held distribution company in Chicago.

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Winn-Dixie Adds New Execs

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Jacksonville, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores announced the addition of four new associates to its corporate headquarters staff to oversee compensation and benefits, pricing, private label and center store.

Matt Gutermuth now serves as Winn-Dixie’s VP of center store, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the grocer’s center store buying and merchandising departments. Most recently, he served as the president and CEO of Safeway.com.

Joe McKie, Winn-Dixie’s VP of corporate brands, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s corporate brands initiative, including the redesign and relaunch of Winn-Dixie’s private-label products. Most recently, McKie served as president and CEO of Kreative Brand Solutions, LLC.

Mark Tanis, Winn-Dixie’s VP of compensation and benefits, is responsible for the planning, design, implementation, communication and delivery of Winn-Dixie’s compensation and benefits programs. Tanis’ career has included time at Watson Wyatt Worldwide and Hewitt Associates.

Chris Vukich joined Winn-Dixie as the VP of pricing. In this position, he is responsible for developing and managing pricing strategies for the company. Prior to joining Winn-Dixie, Vukich held key positions at Dell Computer and Wal-Mart International. In his most recent role at Wal-Mart, he managed merchandising strategies, business process mapping and inventory, and pricing analysis.

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