OfficeMax promotes CAO to interim CFO

Naperville, Ill. – OfficeMax Inc. is promoting Deb O’Connor, senior VP of finance and chief administrative officer, to interim CFO. She will replace Bruce Besanko, executive VP and CFO, who will leave the company to become the executive VP and CFO of Supervalu Inc. His last day at OfficeMax will be Aug. 6. A five-year veteran of OfficeMax, O'Connor previously served as senior VP and controller of the ServiceMaster Company.

"I am delighted to promote Deb and welcome her to our executive committee as we move through this transformative period and historic proposed merger with Office Depot," said Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax. "Deb brings not only broad and deep financial experience, but also a very personal and hands-on knowledge of our business, markets and most critical strategic initiatives."

Effective immediately, Steve Parsons, executive VP and chief human resources officer, will serve as co-leader of the Office Depot merger integration planning process along with Mike Newman, executive VP and CFO of Office Depot. Saligram and Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO of Office Depot, will continue to provide overall sponsorship and stewardship of the integration planning process.