Biography

Biography PhotoSteve Odland
President and Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Economic Development and Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Office Depot, Inc.


Steve Odland, age 55, has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Committee of Economic Development, a non-profit, public policy organization, since January 2013. Prior to that, he was an Adjunct Professor in the graduate schools of business at Lynn University and at Florida Atlantic University from 2011 until 2012.. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Office Depot, Inc., an office merchandise retailer, from 2005 to 2010. From 2001 to 2005, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AutoZone, Inc., an auto parts retailer. Mr. Odland was an executive with Ahold USA, an international food retailer, from 1998 to 2000 and was President of the Foodservice division of Sara Lee Bakery from 1997 to 1998. He was employed by The Quaker Oats Company from 1981 to 1996.


He has been on the General Mills Board of Directors since 2004 and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee.

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