Neil Austrian is currently CEO and Chairman of the Board of Office Depot, Inc. He has served as an Office Depot Director since 1998 when the Company merged with Viking Office Products. He had been a Director of Viking since 1988. He also served as Office Depot’s Interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from October 4, 2004 until March 11, 2005. Austrian was President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League from April 1991 until December 1999. He was a Managing Director of Dillon Read & Company, Inc. from October 1987 until March 1991. Before Dillon Read, Austrian was Chairman and CEO of Showtime/The Movie Channel, a joint venture between Warner Communications and Viacom, and he also served as Chief Executive of the advertising firm Doyle, Dane, Bernbach. He is currently a Director of DirecTV and is on the advisory board of MidOcean Partners.
Office Depot provides supplies and services to its customers through 1,641 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.6 billion, and employs about 40,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office supplies and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 55 countries
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