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Office Depot chairman resigns

Oct. 4, 2004 at 11:37 AM

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Bruce Nelson, chairman and chief executive of Office Depot Inc. of Delray Beach, Fla., Monday resigned by mutual agreement with the board.

The office-products retailer said it was the right time to seek a new leader who can take the company to the next level.

Office Depot said Neil R. Austrian, 64, a veteran member of the company's board and chairman of the finance committee, will serve as interim chairman and chief executive officer while the board conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

The company has hired Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. to assist in the search.

Austrian, who will relocate to Florida from Connecticut, has been a member of the company's board since the 1998 merger between Office Depot and Viking Office Products, where he had been a board member since 1988.

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